At VisArts Art Center in Rockville, Maryland among artist studios filled with representations of various artistic visions, a vision of a different sort is taking shape. A vision where students, workers, parents, education institutions, policymakers, veterans, and employers alike have access to real-time information about credentials and their content, meaning, and value in the market. A vision where a range of stakeholders—from state agencies to community-based organizations—can integrate this data into applications and tools that make it easier for people to find education, training, and jobs, as well as help jobs find people. Participants gathered to share ideas—and ask questions—about how credential data in a common language could add value to their work.
The Credential Registry Learn and Build Summit brought together nearly 90 attendees on December 4-5 to engage with over 30 unique sessions on how the open applications marketplace community can utilize data in the Registry to better serve their clients, customers, and populations that they work with. These partners are essential to carrying out Credential Engine’s mission by ensuring that credential data gets into the hands of workers, students, veterans, small businesses, and many others.
One avenue that was explored over the course of the two days was around how data in the Credential Registry can enhance and improve existing and future applications. Lead Data Engineer at Virgil Holdings, Jason Mossburg, explained the value for his company in attending. “I’m really interested in exploring the mechanism the Registry provides for building an ecosystem of tools that work together on a single unified dataset. As the open application marketplace grows and more developers build unique solutions we’ll have an amazing opportunity to build extremely meaningful integrations based on a common language and data set that should make it incredibly easy to start looking at challenging problems in a more holistic manner.”
In addition to hands-on sessions and technical tutorials on how the Credential Registry works, items discussed during the event revolved around digging into the role of competency data as it relates to credentials, identifying public and private partnership opportunities, developing use cases, impacts on various stakeholder groups, and potential policy solutions. Here are some of the other key takeaways from the event:
- Application developers see the potential for how credential data in the Registry can simplify their efforts to collect data about training providers and programs. Jason Mossburg left the event with new ideas for how the Registry can streamline the process for asking credentialing organizations for data about their programs. “For me, the value of the Registry data comes from its centralized location, standardized schema, and the links between the data. By providing an open platform where disparate organizations can publish data in a standardized format our effort to ingest and visualize data drops significantly. These same benefits also allow us as developers to easily craft unique solutions for comparing data across divergent industries, companies, and market segments to provide deeper insights and actionable intelligence.”
- Those interested in building applications are eager to connect and collaborate with one another. To meet this need, Credential Engine is establishing an “App Developer Work Group” to further engage this emerging community of developers. This new Work Group will develop its own charter dovetailing off Credential Engine’s Technical Advisory Group, use existing tools, and provide support to developers and others seeking to utilize the Credential Registry data and APIs. Fill out this form to learn more about joining this group.
- We’re just getting started. Developers who attended the Summit left with ideas and tools to begin creating concrete application prototypes and working demos to help demonstrate the value of the Registry. Other stakeholders left energized to take what they had learned at the Summit back to their teams to begin drafting new use cases and building crucial partnerships.
The development of software applications built with data from the Registry is core to Credential Engine’s mission and is essential to ensuring that the data in the Registry can meet the unique needs of job-seekers, students, employers, educators, and other stakeholders. We look forward to working with our partners on implementing the ideas generated at the Learn and Build Summit by supporting the open applications community and planning for future events that will unlock even more ideas and innovation.
If you’re interested in getting started using the Credential Registry data to build an application, please visit the following resources:
- Consuming Data Quick Start Guide: http://credreg.net/quickstart/search
- Use Cases: http://credreg.net/quickstart/search/usecases
- Query Helper: http://credreg.net/quickstart/search/queryhelper
- CTDL Explorer: http://credreg.net/quickstart/search/ctdlexplorer
- Starter Code: http://credreg.net/quickstart/search/startercode