2017-Jan-12 OB Working Group Minutes

2017-Jan-12 OB Working Group Minutes

Open Badges Working Group

12 January 2017




Recording (available for 30 days):


  1. Welcome and Introductions

    • IMS staff

    • Acknowledgements

      • Thank you to Nate Otto for leading the Badge Alliance work on the current OB specification

    • Working group logistics

      • IMS Intellectual Property statement:

      • First two meetings of IMS Open Badges Working Group are open to members and non-members of IMS

      • Agendas, minutes, key documents, and other resources will be posted in the IMS forums (free account needed) for the working group and the Open Badges Community Council


  1. Opening Remarks, Mark Leuba IMS

    • Open Badges Working Group Goals and Objectives

      • Focus of this working group will be technical. Broad program-level topics around Open Badges will take place in the Community of Practice SIG led by Sherri Braxton-Lieber.

      • IMS is committed to digital credentials and balancing the needs of the broad community and the open standard with the needs of IMS members.

    • Governance Process - Open Badges Executive Board

      • Oversee the strategy and operation of the working group and set its priorities.

      • Comprised of IMS contributing members who are market leaders.

    • Community Council and Liaisons

      • This is the channel by which IMS provides information, and receive feedback, from the community at-large, including non-members.

      • One goal is to provide an online space for Community participants to share information about their project or organization. More information to come.

      • Anyone working with Open Badges who has interest in being part of the Community Council should contact Jeff or


  1. Overview of Open Badges specification

    • Nate Otto provided overview of current specification

      • Lots of work in 2016 to validate existing use cases and prepare it for handoff to IMS at end of year

      • Key elements of a badge include the Assertion (an achievement awarded to a specific person), a BadgeClass (the achievement), and the Issuer Profile.

      • Recent key updates to specification include full adoption of JSON-LD and Linked Data for data model, more metadata embedded within most data objects, new features for endorsements and verification, and others.

    • Key resources:


  1. Next Steps

    • Mark Leuba explained IMS role in validating and certifying compliance with specifications. A validator tool will be available for the public to use for testing; IMS members can apply for proof-of-certification - and receive certification in the form of a badge - to platform companies whose products are proven compliant with the Open Badges specification.

    • Markus Gylling discussed potential work in reviewing OB 2.0 draft, managing it through the IMS approval process, starting with re-validating use cases. While the assumption is that the current proposed specification is solid, the specification might be revised slightly following examination of the working group and/or to align with IMS format.

    • Early work on 2.x


  1. Reminder

    • IMS Quarterly Mtg and Summit on Digital Credentials & Badges Summit, February 27 - March 2, Orlando. Details:

      • Summit: Feb 28

      • OB Community Council: Mar 1 (open to public)

      • OB Working Group f2f: Mar 2

    • Early registration deadline Jan 16


  1. Next Meeting

    • Thursday, Jan 19, 1:00pm EST



Anthony Newman, Purdue

Bob Grogan, eLumen

Brenda Perrea, Colorado Community College System

Cara Jenkins, IMS Global

Casey Wright, Purdue

Charles Touron, US Dept. of Army

Chris Andrews, Indiana Univ

Dan Hickey, Indiana Univ

David Leaser, IBM Global

Eric Korb, TrueCred

Grainne Hamilton, DigitalMe

Kate Radionoff, Madison College

Mark Leuba, IMS Global

Mike Macklin, Colorado St Univ Online

Mitch Bonnett, US Dept. of Army

Nate Otto, ConcentricSky

Sherri Braxton-Lieber, UMBC

Steve Gance, Washington State Community and Technical Colleges