Anthony Ronning, an engineer behind Blockcerts and backend dev at Learning Machine and Daniel Paramo, co-founder of swys and advisor at Xertify, explains how Blockcerts started, deep dive on how Blockcerts work, which institutions are implementing this solution and what companies have made a solution for the adoption of this standard. We will review the current Blockcerts roadmap and their pros and cons. What considerations do we need to take when developing a solution around Blockcerts?
Blockcerts is an open standard for creating, issuing, viewing, and verifying blockchain-based certificates. These digital records are registered on a blockchain, cryptographically signed, tamper-proof, and shareable. The goal is to enable a wave of innovation that gives individuals the capacity to possess and share their own official records.
The initial design was based on prototypes developed at the MIT Media Lab and by Learning Machine. The goal of this community is to create technical resources that other developers can utilize in their own projects. Rather than independently developing custom implementations.
Blockcerts consists of open-source libraries, tools, and mobile apps enabling a decentralized, standards-based, recipient-centric ecosystem, enabling trustless verification through blockchain technologies.
Blockcerts uses and encourages consolidation on open standards. Blockcerts is committed to self-sovereign identity of all participants, and enabling recipient control of their claims through easy-to-use tools such as the certificate wallet (mobile app). Blockcerts is also committed to availability of credentials, without single points of failure.
These open-source repos may be utilized by other research projects and commercial developers. It contains components for creating, issuing, viewing, and verifying certificates across any blockchain.