QualiChain

Decentralised Qualifications’ Verification and Management for Learner Empowerment, Education, Reengineering and Public Sector Transformation

Facts

Management

Prof. (Univ. Simón Bolívar) Dr. Maria-Esther Vidal

Team

Dr. Ingo Keck (Scientific Data Management and Open Science Lab), Lambert Heller (Open Science Lab), Prof. (Univ. Simón Bolívar) Dr. Maria-Esther Vidal (Scientific Data Management Group)

Funding

EU (Horizon 2020)

Duration

January 2019 - December 2021

Homepage

https://qualichain-project.eu/

Description

QualiChain targets the creation, piloting and evaluation of a decentralised platform for storing, sharing and verifying education and employment qualifications and concentrates on the assessment of the potential of blockchain technology, algorithmic techniques and computational intelligence for disrupting the domain of public education, as well as its interfaces with private education, the labour market, public sector administrative procedures and the wider socio- economic developments. The project focuses more specifically on the assessment of the implications (technical, political, socio-economic, legal and cultural) as well as the impact - in terms of benefits and risks - of the prescribed solution’s utilisation, whose disruptive potential lies both in the exploitation of the innovative features of the aforementioned individual technologies, as well as in their unique combination in a new territory for the provision of a set of baseline services (Awards’/ Qualifications’ Archiving; Awards’/ Qualifications’ Verification; Qualifications’ Portfolio Management) and a number of value-adding services (Career Counselling and Intelligent Profiling and Competency Management including Recruitment; Competencies’ Evaluation and Development; Consulting and Decision Support). The proposed solution will be piloted through four representative scenarios, including: (i) cross- university degree equivalence verification; (ii) smart curriculum design; (iii) staffing the public sector; (iv) providing HR consultancy and competency management services.

TIB is the leader of the work package for evaluating the impact of the QualiChain framework in four different pilots: Cross-University Degree Equivalence Verification, Smart Curriculum Design, Staffing the Public Section, and Provision of HR Consulting and Competency Management Services. Furthermore, we are responsible of the development of a federated query engine able to exploit blockchain and semantics to validate academic credentials during query processing.

Cooperation

  • NATIONAL TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY OF ATHENS - NTUA, Greece
  • ATOS SPAIN, Spain
  • FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.
  • Fraunhofer, Germany
  • KNOWLEDGEBIZ CONSULTING- SOCIEDADE DE CONSULTORIA EM GESTAO LDA
  • KNOWLEDGEBIZ, Portugal
  • THE OPEN UNIVERSITY, United Kingdom
  • TECHNISCHE INFORMATIONSBIBLIOTHEK (TIB), Germany
  • INESC ID - INSTITUTO DE ENGENHARIADE SISTEMAS E
  • COMPUTADORES, INVESTIGACAO E DESENVOLVIMENTO EM LISBOA, Portugal
  • SUPREME COUNCIL FOR CIVIL PERSONNEL SELECTION, Portugal
  • AGENCIA PARA A MODERNIZACAO ADMINISTRATIVA IP, Portugal
  • DIRECAO-GERAL DA QUALIFICACAO DOS TRABALHADORES EM FUNCOES
  • PUBLICAS, Portugal

Links

QualiChain Project Overview (PDF)

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