Open Badges are digital certifications of disciplinary knowledge, skills (soft skills) and technical skills acquired.
The Open Badge is an open technological standard, initially defined by the Mozilla Foundation (OBI - Open Badges Infrastructure), and spread throughout the world in the most diverse organizations.
Open Badges appear as images readable by any computer, but these images also contain metadata regarding the skills and knowledge that the badge represents and the person to whom the badge has been assigned. Each Badge is unique and tells the story of whoever holds it: name and surname of the person holding it, the date on which it was obtained, the skills/knowledge it certifies, how these skills/knowledge were acquired and verified, who has verified what - if any - their temporal validity is. Everything can be verified in real time from any system supporting OBI.
The metadata allows you to verify the assignment of the badge to a user and access all the descriptive contents of the badge itself, hosted on a dedicated platform (in our case BESTR-CINECA), according to an open source format and readable by all applications who read the Open Badges.
Open Badges are guaranteed by the body that issues them and recognized internationally.
They can be used in electronic CVs and on social networks to communicate to employers around the world what has been learned, how and with what results, in a concise, rapid and credible way. They allow you to go beyond the traditional CV, characterized by unverifiable declarations, attachments that are often difficult to read and descriptions that are not always clear to all interlocutors.
With Open Badges, a learner's training institutions may enter directly into his or her CV and bear witness to the person's competence in a digital, precise and verifiable way.
For more information on Open Badges you can consult this link.