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Mozilla offers developers a badge system

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Fri Sep 16 2011, 09:18

SOFTWARE DEVELOPER Mozilla will reward digital students with merit badges for their achievements.

The firm is developing badges that can be applied for by individuals that show how well progressed they are in Javascript development, for example.

"More and more people are looking at badges to show skills and achievements online. Mozilla is currently developing its own badges for things like Javascript courses at the School of Webcraft. We've also talked to groups as diverse as 4H, NASA, PBS, Intel and the US Department of Education, all of whom plan to develop digital badges," wrote the firm.

"Open Badges is a response to this trend: an open specification and APIs that provide any organization the basic building blocks they need to offer badges in a standard, interoperable manner."

It's early days for the plans, but Mozilla said that if its system becomes a success it expects that its open badges will provide developers with a history and portfolio of their achievements.

"If we're successful, the benefits to learners will be tremendous. Open Badges will let you gather badges from any site on the internet, combining them into a story about what you know and what you've achieved. There is a real chance to create learning that works more like the web."

The badges can also contribute to job hunting, online reputation and individual prestige, according to the firm. Because of this it wants its badge format to be open.

The first release from its efforts is an Open Badges beta that is released today and includes a badge format specification, APIs and a reference implementation for 'badge backpack' software. µ


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