OpenCerts, is a part of the Smart Nation initiative of Singapore. Built upon the OpenAttestation standard, that relies on Ethereum Blockchain, it is a fully decentralized platform. Following the same principles as Verifiable Credentials, it is however not compatible with that standard.
OpenCerts was born in November 2017 when Ngee Ann Polytechnic approached Govtech to build digital certificates. The first version of OpenCerts has been released in 2018. Initially some parts of the platform were not decentralized:
- The verification of the issuer for which a only registry was maintained by Ministry of Education (Singapore).
- The display of the certificate, which was hosted and maintained by Govtech.
Those limitations were limiting the number of universities that could be onboarded.
The release of the second version of OpenCerts in 2020 allowed the platform to transform into a full decentralized platform by allowing any institution to prove their identity and display certificate without relying on Govtech or SSG.
- ↑ https://opencerts.io
- ↑ "Getting started · OpenCerts". opencerts.io. Retrieved 2020-07-13.
- ↑ Chow, R. J. (2019-07-25). "OpenCerts 2.0 Decentralised Issuer Identity Verification". Medium. Retrieved 2020-07-13.
- ↑ Koh, Steven (2019-08-19). "Blockchain, OpenCerts and Partnership". Medium. Retrieved 2020-07-13.
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