Background & Reports

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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