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New Company Offers Third-Party Validation of Digital Badges

A new company called Accreditrust hopes to address the need for independent, third-party certification of digital badges. Its flagship offering, BadgeSafe, is a digital credential validation service that can be integrated into the learning environment to ensure badge authenticity.

"Badges are rapidly becoming a social currency that represents one's portfolio of professional and academic achievements," said Eric Korb, Accreditrust president and CEO, in a prepared statement. "And like any currency, badges must be validated to ensure their validity. Whether it's a license, a certificate, or a diploma, it is essential for stakeholders — including hiring managers, educators, government entities and procurement executives — to possess a high degree of confidence that a digital badge is authentic."

BadgeSafe, which is compatible with Mozilla's Open Badge Infrastructure, allows application developers to use a standards-based REST API over a SSL (secure sockets layer) connection to assert badges (and their associated metadata) with BadgeSafe certification. A unique secret key is issued to developers to ensure authority and security. BadgeSafe-encrypted badges can be instantly verified and authenticated even if the issuing system, service or organization ceases to respond. A BadgeSafe "keyhole" icon serves as a mark of authenticity for each badge, signifying that credentials are authentic and up-to-date.

Standard BadgeSafe services include:

  • Issuer authorization key;
  • Administrator control;
  • Optional hosted branded criteria pages;
  • Digital credential management (activate, validate, revoke, export); and
  • Permanent curation in our carrier-class infrastructure.

Learn more at the Accreditrust site.

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About the author: Rhea Kelly is executive editor for Campus Technology. She can be reached at [email protected].

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