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Become part of the skills transformation.

OSN Members Are Changemakers

OSN envisions a world where individuals are trained for in-demand skills and hired for what they can do.

We're a network of employers, education providers, policy makers, military, non-profits, and other partners dedicated to changing the world by advancing skills-based education and hiring.

Looking for a community of action and a place to share ideas?


Do you want to create a new way of hiring, educating, and conceiving of learners, workers, and employers?


Committed to reducing inequity by opening a space for people to get hired for what they can do, not for where they got their degree or how long they have done something?

We are too!


We’re building a broad collaborative coalition—and we invite you to join us.

Membership in OSN is completely free. The only requirement is that you are passionate about skills.

The Rich Skill Descriptor (RSD)

An RSD is machine-readable, searchable data​. It provides context with things like workforce data, thus giving users a common understanding. It facilitates skills interoperability in credentials, education and training, job profiles, and learner records.
How? We use OSMT.

Learn more about RSDs

The Open Skills Management Tool (OSMT)

OSMT is free, open-source code to facilitate the production of RSD-based open skills libraries​​. OSMT allows for understanding skills in a portable, machine-actionable way. This builds the skill ecosystem.

Learn more about OSMT

Skills Are Powerful

They help us describe work in granular, modular, and flexible ways. We use them to connect job descriptions, resumes and educational credentials in a more transparent way. This allows us to define, redefine, and adapt education and career pathways. How? We use RSDs.

Benefits of Membership

Thought Leadership

Tap into the OSN blog as a guest writer, learn the latest happenings in the skill ecosystem from our monthly newsletter, and join in the conversation on our social media channels.


Attend our monthly Showcase to learn from various experts in the field and hear about their experiences putting concepts into action. Share your knowledge about your work with the community and learn collectively.


OSN members span the globe and are eager to share their knowledge, passion, and expertise to help you grapple the challenges of implementing a skills-based philosophy in your organization.

Resources & Tools

Access past meetings, documents, and trainings to help you understand the tools such as OSMT, and how best to put them into practice in your work. Advance yourself. Advance your organization. 

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Be a part of the conversation and the work as it happens. Focus on creating and implementing new technologies and strategies  where the recognition of skills is the cornerstone of the future workforce. Join one or all of the groups: Governance, Technical, Policy, or Open Recognition


Be an island no more. The most important part of the OSN are the people. If you are looking for answers to your questions on all things skills, this is your tribe. Join the band and find the answers to help you initiate success in your organization.

As an OSN member you’ll learn what skills libraries and open data are, how skills are poised to become the currency of the employment and education marketplace, and how you and your organization can play a role in this exciting new frontier.

Your Skills Community Awaits.

Start your journey into skills and help shape the future today.
Once you join you will receive a series of emails welcoming you to the community and orientating you to the resources available and next steps on getting involved in everything OSN has to offer.

You’ll learn what skills libraries and data are, how skills are poised to become the currency of the employment and education marketplace, and how you and your organization can play a role in this exciting new frontier.