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Credly Adopts New Credentialing Language

Digital credentials company Credly is adopting the Credential Transparency Description Language (CTDL), a common markup language designed to improve discoverability of certifications, badges and other verified achievements. CTDL is a project of Credential Engine, a nonprofit focused on improving transparency in the credentialing marketplace.

The integration will allow colleges, universities and other organizations to share an enhanced set of data when issuing Credly credentials or making their digital credentials discoverable through the Credential Engine's Credential Registry, according to a news release.

"As education and training providers, associations and employers rapidly move to a culture of recognition and 'credentialing in real time' to verify real-world skills, the demand grows for interoperable open standards that facilitate communication between different parts of the labor market," explained Jonathan Finkelstein, founder and CEO of Credly, in a statement. "Our implementation of the new CTDL markup language shepherded by Credential Engine will allow organizations to publish their credentials in a way that increases their discoverability, transparency and their value to those who have earned them."

CTDL is also being considered for adoption by, a project that creates vocabularies for structured data in e-mail and on the internet, and the World Wide Web Consortium a community for developing web standards.

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