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MEETING: September 9, 2015
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Roll Call: Who's here?
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What are you working on this week?  

Open Badges Taxonomies
Kerri Lemoie


What is a taxonomy vs. tags:

Currently open badges has a tags property. The tags submitted could be anything. This may be useful within a siloed system but not as useful in a broader ecosystem. In Open Badges we have no idea who is using what tag and we also don't know what each of the tags mean.

List of tags currently registered in Open Badges Directory:

Pros: taxonomy

Cons Taxonomy

Pros Tags:

Cons Tags:

How will taxonomies benefit your systems and the ecosystem at large?

Do you use a taxonomy system? Do you use tags? How do you determine your classification system: user submitted, a taxonomy you created, an existing taxonomy, perhaps an institutional one?

Hmm, what does WTF stand for? 8->

What are some types of taxonomies that would be useful? 

What existing taxonomies and schemas can we leverage or lean on as examples of good implementation?

Are there any other initiatives working towards this already?

Reading on developing taxonomies:

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Moving Forward: Topics + Community leads for the weekly Community Call  
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September 16: 
September 23: 
September 30:
October 7: Cities of Learning end-of-summer breakdown

Accepted topics (by interest):
  1. Employer engagement: national, regional, local - strategies, case studies+1+1+1+1+1 +1 +1
  2. Success Stories, examples, and case studies (OpenBadging in credentialing & workforce devlelopment) +1+1+1+1+1+1+1+1 (Curious what people are defining as success here...
  3. Overview of what has happened and what is currently happening in the Cities of Learning space +1+1+1+1+1 +1+1 (Reaching out to some folks involved on this -Nate)

Contribute your ideas! Put a +1 next to the topics that you would like to discuss on this call. Those topics with the most +1 will be hosted. 
  1. Badge start "toolbox" not just defining skills/competencies, but also self-hosting information or external hosting+1
  2. Where are the roadblocks, what are the issues people should know?+1+1
  3. Trust and security (the deleterious effects of mistaking security for trust)+1+1
  4. Defining learning pathways with badge endorsement+1+1+1+1+1
  5. Global activities: where are things happening and who's doing them +1 +1+1+1
  6. Open Badge Services: what services could we built on top of Open Badges? Scenarios for the future +1+1+1
  7. Badge-centric vs. person centric infrastructure+1+1
  8. Educators space+1 +1 +1+1
  9. Higher ed conversations may be separate from k-12 for the most part
    1. - and Continuing Ed. as well (Carey)+1
    2. Adult Ed
  10. Initiatives that are badge-centric occurring throughout the US but that have not been involved in the BA work
  11. Universal design -- access for people with disabilities +1+1 +1+1
  12. Strategies for integration with new workforce initiatives of WIOA statute+1
  13. 'Hack the Backpack' - Understanding the wants/needs of the community in terms of future development of the Backpack (Matt - DigitalMe)

Catch up

Community Call: September 9 2015:
Community Call: September 2 2015:
Community Call: August 26 2015:

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