Mozilla launches Open Badges 10, delivers virtual recognition for real skills

We’ve long missed the stickers and badges we could wear to show achievements in our childhood, whether it was an A+ in History or our campfire-making chops. Mozilla must miss those too, as it’s launching Open Badges 1.0, a spec for proving skills on the web. The approach provides verifiable credentials that are stowed away in a virtual Mozilla backpack and shareable through a number of online avenues, starting with WordPress blogs and Twitter updates. You won’t necessarily need to be a web scripting wizard to earn badges, either — they’re available or coming from 600-plus companies and educational institutions that include Disney-Pixar, NASA and the Smithsonian. We’re a long way from only having to flash our Open Badges to land a job, but those symbols may be enough to let teachers and coworkers know we’re up to snuff for key tasks.

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