What an incredible turn out for our first round of OSN Spring Pilots in March of this year. We would like to congratulate the following 14 selected pilots (in alphabetical order): 


21st Century Skills Competency Framework

(Education Design Lab)


21st Century Skills Digital Credentials to Up-Skill San Antonio Workers

(Alamo Colleges)



Green Infrastructure Sector Transferable Skills




Global Leadership Skills Collection




Health Professions Skills Collections for the Portability of Digital Credentials in the Indiana Achievement Wallet

(IAW Partners)



Meta-Competencies Framework




Next Generation Teaching Skills




North Dakota Credentials and Choice Ready Certificates Using CASE-LD




Open Shared Cybersecurity Rich Skills Descriptors (RSD) Library




Rich Skills Descriptors (RSD) / Meta-Data Inference Engine

(MatchMaker Ed Labs)



Skills-aligned IT Certificates for Chicago Ecosystem




Skills-based Hiring for Entry-level Cyber Workers

(Bay Path University)



Transferable Skills for Digital Government

(Credential Engine)



Skills-based Talent Pipelines for Cyber in Arizona

(Pipeline AZ)



A formal announcement and kick off of pilots will take place April 22. Anyone who would like to attend this event must register here.



What these first OSN pilots are for:

  • Develop and publish shared open skill libraries of Rich Skill Descriptors (RSDs) that can be released under a creative commons license for ongoing use by the OSN community and all others.

  • Publish a validated RSD syntax and meta-data specification that can be implemented in various use-cases.

  • Test basic functionality of the Open Skills Management Toolkit (OSMT) to inform feature updates ahead of open source release.

  • Learn common best practices to implement open skills with mature partner networks to create an Open Skills Playbook and implementation guide.

  • Establish a coalition of RSD advocates to champion the use of RSDs to the OSN.




What these first OSN Pilots are not for:

  • To advance skills-based thinking for the first time at your organization

  • To sell your skills-based platform to a set of new users

  • To build your local employer or education provider network for the first time