Hello all, one important aspect of education that is not
represented well in schema.org is educational and occupational
credentials, i.e. diplomas, academic degrees, certifications, etc
These act as an important link between outcomes of educational
courses, people, and occupations / job roles. I have raised an
issue on github with the aim of addressing this gap in schema.org
There has been a fair amount of work outside of schema.org on
describing these, notably by the CredentialEngine.org [CTDL],
and the Open Badges [BadgeAlliance]. There
is also work ongoing about how to deal with wider Verifiable
Claims [VCWG] such as the
claim by and individual to have an academic degree. Also, there
are many frameworks which describe credentials in terms of the
level and extent of the knowledge and competencies they accredit.
What that work has made clear is that there is some complexity in
describing educational and occupational credentials. While I don't
expect doing so in schema.org would require more than a few
additional terms, the relationship between these terms and things
like verifiable claims, competencies, course objectives etc, needs
to be clear. I suspect we will need a group such as a W3C
Community Group to sort these out.
I would be interested in hearing your thoughts on this...
see also https://www.imsglobal.org/sites/default/files/Badges/OBv2p0/index.html
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I agree a group would be useful. Do you have a time frame for putting this together?
Thanks Dan, that's very kind.
I am getting financial support from the Credential Engine which means that I have time to chair the group and put time into the work generally. Very happy for other people to contribute too, of course. The plan is to follow the same approach as we did for Courses, so I'm pleased you liked that :)
Well that was quick :) The Educational and
Occupational Credentials in schema.org Community Group
has now been set up.
If you would like to contribute to the work of the group (or even
just lurk and follow what we do) please join it by visiting https://www.w3.org/community/eocred-schema/join