Plucking this thread off Twitter, because I thought it might be fun to discuss in the context of Mozilla.
Contributing to Drupal, is already something developers know can build their credentials to obtain work building CMS for companies and orgs all over the world. Drupal profiles are a quick look up for employers and often a request in job interviews and include projects you’ve contributed to, patches, mentors and links to people you have mentored. I’m not saying badges are the answer, as Doug suggests in this open source article - but there’s something interesting about being more deliberate in surfacing real word credentials .
Also! Companies advertise their credentials in the same way - listing their staff profiles , company contributions, membership and other information for potential employees and clients to see . It’s also a way to say ‘we are part of the community’ and helping not just profiting.
In away both individual and company profiles are examples of open credentials, but not certification which feels like the next step where you bundled opportunities and tie it to certification requirements. Something like that maybe.
What does that look like in other communities you know?
What existing examples of ‘Open credentials’ do you think exist currently at Mozilla?
What types of certification could we provide, and how would that work?
My own curiosity! Seems fun topic to toss around.