Open Badge Factory has published an integration to the ESCO Framework

Open Badge Factory (OBF) and Open Badge Passport (OBP) are developed on an “Open Innovation” basis. This means working closely with our user community, and considering its needs and development ideas the best way we can.

Last spring, customer feedback clearly highlighted the need to create Open Badges that include references to ESCO. ESCO (European Skills, Competences, Qualifications and Occupations) is the European multilingual classification of Skills, Competences, Qualifications and Occupations. ESCO provides descriptions of hundreds of occupations and thousands of skills and competencies linked to these occupations.

In Open Factory, badge creators have until now been able to add references to their chosen frameworks, but it has required manual work (copying and pasting). Earlier this year, we decided to start developing an integration based on ESCO’s API which enables direct referrals to ESCO from OBF, and thus facilitates the work of badge creators. In practice, this means that OBF provides badge creators the possibility to make direct searches to ESCO, search for competency descriptions, and add them directly to badges. The integration was released in an update on September 17, 2019, and it is available at PRO level.

ESCO competency descriptions can be added directly to badges

In my opinion, the growing need to refer to ESCO illustrates the significant development in the use of Open Badges in Europe. It tells us, among other things, that large badge systems or ecosystems are emerging that require a “common language”. Of particular interest is that the “common language” offered by the ESCO Framework is common between EU countries, and allows the Open Badges developed in one country to be recognized at the EU level. Strongly linked to working life, ESCO can also provide significant added value to Open Badges from employers’ and jobseekers’ points of view. As a European Open Badge supplier, Open Badge Factory gladly continues to support this development!

Author: Eric Rousselle, CEO, Open Badge Factory

Open Badge Factory provides the tools your organisation needs to implement a meaningful and sustainable Open Badges system. OBF is certified by IMS Global and follows the latest version of the standard.