Background & Reports

Applying Self-Sovereign Identity Principles to Interoperable Learning Records 

The term “self-sovereign” arises from the term self-sovereign identity (SSI), which is associated with both a set of technical standards and a set of community promulgated principles seeking to enable a shift towards more individual control over their digital identities and personal data. The design of SSI-type systems provides a lens to examine how we might restructure such systems to be more equitable giving learners better access to, and control over, the management of their learning records while maintaining the verifiability of this data. 

SSI technologies and concepts can provide valuable insights to jumpstart efforts and provide opportunities to improve the talent marketplace for all learners and stakeholders. This paper further provides technical details of SSI standards and technologies to describe how implementers can begin applying technical solutions to promote self-sovereign management of individual-level data records.

Published: June 2020

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Executive Summary


Model Roles & Processes in Standards Development

Both data standards and the standards development organizations (SDO) that develop, set, and maintain standards have grown in quantity and use over the years. This has been especially true for data standards relevant to the dynamic talent marketplace addressed by the T3 Innovation Network (T3 Network).

The focus of this paper is the U.S. approach to standards development and its application to data standards used in the talent marketplace by education and workforce partners. This paper complements and builds on the “Public-Private Standards Development and Use by Government for the Talent Marketplace” paper by further exploring the key roles of public and private stakeholders in the standards development process including employers, government agencies, and education, training and credentialing organizations with a special focus on the role of the business owner—who represent the process owners of their organization’s work, product, or solution and anyone that has a use case important to their work. This paper outlines and explains a model approach for standards development to clarify when and how business owners and technical participants from stakeholder organizations should participate in the process to maintain the necessary balance for achieving results that matter to both public and private stakeholders.

Published: April 2020

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Public-Private Standards Development and Use by Government

The United States has developed a unique public-private approach to standards development and use. As data from public and private sources is increasingly leveraged to address challenges in the talent marketplace it is more important than ever to break down silos within and across sectors. The T3 Network is exploring how the unique U.S. approach to standards development can be most effectively applied. 

This paper makes recommendations on how to further strengthen public and private collaboration in the development and use of voluntary consensus standards. It includes recommendations for implementing guidelines reflected in A-119 and the leading practices of existing standards development organizations (SDOs) as well as federal and state policy. It also recommends the formation of a public-private standards collaborative (SC) with a work plan that promotes the benefits of public-private collaboration, strengthens government engagement at all levels, and addresses immediate opportunities to show impact starting with work on comprehensive learner/worker/military records.

Published: December 2019

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Phase One Report

Competency is the new currency.

This report summarizes and brings to a close phase one of the T3 Network. The report is divided into two parts. Part I focuses on the T3 Network’s vision, guiding principles, and profiles the work groups. FInal reports from each of the work groups can be found below.

Part II highlights the T3 Network’s recommendations, organized as a list of pilot projects that together provide the foundation for an open, distributed, public-private data infrastructure that supports access and opportunity for the American student and worker. The report concludes with next steps and acknowledgements.

Published: October 2018

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In early 2018, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation and Lumina Foundation launched the T3 Innovation Network to bring businesses, postsecondary institutions, technical standards organizations, and human resource professionals and their technology vendors together to explore emerging Web 3.0 technologies in an increasingly open and decentralized public-private data ecosystem.

The Network has since grown from a kickoff meeting of 60 individuals to a thriving network of over 300 organizations. In its first six months of existence, the T3 Innovation Network held ten webinars, produced a background paper, four work group reports (see below), and identified 50 use cases resulting in ten pilot projects, which are being addressed in Phase Two of the project.

The T3 Network has become the go-to space to explore new and emerging technologies—such as Semantic Web, AI, machine learning, and distributed ledger technologies—and to advance recommendations for an open, shared data infrastructure for learners and workers alike.

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T3 Network Guiding Principles

  1. Focus on High-Impact Stakeholder Use Cases
  2. Promote Web 3.0 Convergence
  3. Foster Open Collaboration
  4. Develop Open Technical Standards and Protocols
  5. Utilize Open Competency Frameworks, Taxonomies, and Ontologies
  6. Empower Individuals and Enable Self-Sovereign Identity and Data Management
  7. Facilitate Open Data Access in Public-Private Data Infrastructure
  8. Promote Ethical Practices and Equity Considerations

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