Open Skills Management Tool
Let's get building. OSMT is ready for you to stand up and begin working on developing your own skills library.
The Open Skills Management Tool (OSMT, pronounced "oz-mit") is a free, open-source instrument to facilitate the production of Rich Skill Descriptor (RSD) based open skills libraries. In short, it helps to create a common skills language by creating, managing, and organizing skills-related data. An open-source framework allows everyone to use the tool collaboratively to define the RSD, so that those skills are translatable and transferable across educational institutions and hiring organizations within programs, curricula, and job descriptions.
At the heart of OSMT’s functionality are Rich Skills Descriptors (RSDs): machine-readable, searchable data that include the context behind a skill, giving users a common definition for a particular skill. With the open source release of the OSMT, other organizations can now develop and collaborate on individual RSDs as well as on RSD collections.
WGU and Concentric Sky designed the Open Skills Management Tool (OSMT) to facilitate the production of open skills libraries across multiple industry sectors. Initial funding provided by Walmart will allow OSN to bring OSMT to everyone
The creation and release of the OSMT is integral to WGU and Concentric Sky's role as founding members of the OSN and serves our collaborative mission. Concentric Sky has also integrated the OSMT into its Badgr micro-credentialing platform, facilitating the creation of digital credentials that align to Open Skills.
To be used in the real world, OSMT must be deployed into production within your organization’s IT infrastructure. This will be very contextual for your organization, whether you have your own data center or you use AWS, Azure, other cloud providers, or any combination thereof. Your organization’s developers and technical engineers will be able to assess how to stand up OSMT.
OSMT is written in Kotlin with Spring Boot, and Angular. It uses backend-instances of MySQL, Redis, and Elasticsearch. OSMT is available under an Apache 2.0 license—that means it’s completely open-source, and completely free.
Key Features of OSMT
Ability to create, batch import, manage, and publish RSDs and RSD collections for use
Ability for an organization to publish RSDs
Search and filter available skills data
Supports standardization and consistency
Sharing of skills data to minimize the risk of duplication and human error
What is Open Source?
When it comes to creating technical solutions for the benefit of all learners, more minds are better than one. Transparency accelerates innovation and allows our learner-centered values, and the ecosystem around them, to evolve more rapidly. Allowing others to adapt and build on top of our technical solutions will garner adoption and facilitate digital transformation across higher education. At the same time, welcoming diverse viewpoints reinforces the growth of a more learner-centric higher education landscape.
The goal of OSMT Open Source is to:
Establish learner-centered thinking as the standard for technology solutions
Create a community of contributors with shared values
Share our work to generate goodwill and a sense of community
Drive adoption of learner-centered technology solutions to rapidly advance innovation