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Our Purpose

Much of the data needed to support skills-based education and hiring already exists; however, this skills data is siloed, not easily accessible nor machine-actionable, making the switch to skills-based practices for most employers and education institutions a manual and expensive endeavor.


A national open skills infrastructure is critical to support the future of work and the development of agile and robust talent pipelines where all individuals can achieve their career goals. The scale and urgency needed for this transformation necessitates a significant commitment to the democratization of skills as a sharable, interoperable currency through the creation of a national network of open, accessible, machine-actionable skills.

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Our Vision

  • Develop a vibrant community of practice to drive widespread adoption of skills-based hiring and education practices.


  • Establish Rich Skill Descriptors (RSDs) as the standard syntax for structured skills data.


  • Distribute a shared open-source tool to accelerate the adoption of RSDs and skills across the education and labor market.


  • Create a national network of open and proprietary skills libraries.

OSN Overview
Rich Skill Descriptors

The Open Skills Network

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