Digital Recognition Networks – Architecture for Scotland’s Digital Economy

Through technologies like the Blockchain and Self Sovereign Identity (SSI), all aspects of how our currently paper-based economy works will be digitized, forming Scotland’s Digital Economy.

For example consider key documents like your passport, birth certificate and drivers licence. Most likely you have these in paper form, and for processes like opening a bank account, you must physically present these documents.

Digitizing these documents and the processes that call upon them are the building blocks for creating a digital economy.

Digital Recognition Networks

The idea of a ‘Common Blockchain‘ is a single platform that enables multiple applications for multiple industries and use cases. Similarly the core dynamic of SSI is one of multiple organizations sharing identity data, known as credentials, hence why a Scottish credential sharing network is a key objective.

Hence the core principle is one of cross-enterprise collaboration, multiple organizations working across and sharing a common technology infrastructure.

In his blog Amit Jasuja explains the core mechanics of this and how multiple organizations can share digital identity services, an ecosystem of ‘relying’ and ‘issuing’ parties.

Another great way of describing this ecosystem is “Digital Recognition Networks” – The ecosystem will be formed through organizations establishing agreements to share data and recognize the digital credentials of partners they work with to fulfill these processes, like opening a bank account.

Writing for the CPHR Terrahub explains the principle through exploring an excellent use case of how this will take shape and the economic benefits it will bring: Education and Employment.

“In a recognition network, skills and credentials are represented by digital badges that organizations use for achievement and an employee can us for permanent external branding during or post-employment.

As brands move global and geographical boundaries dissolve, these recognition networks enable talent to shift and move without having to re-qualify their competency, eliminating frustration for the employee, and inefficiency for the employer by getting the right people to work fast.”

Education and Employment is a great scenario as the core components are easily understood: The credential – Your academic qualification in certificate form, and the recognition – How employers seek that qualification as a requirement for employment.

APPII

A great example of this in action is Scottish startup APPII.

APPII addresses a credential scenario of employment checks. In a few clicks, employers or recruiters can issue requests to candidates to complete their checks, and APPII is integrated with several data verification providers to automatically verify candidate credentials. A powerful example of a Digital Recognition Network.

Highlighting the potential of a common platform approach to enable multiple use case solutions, they’ve also applied their technology to offer Covid-19 verified ‘Digital Health Passports‘. In this scenario you can schedule a test at one of their 1500 participating centres and the results will be provided straight into the APPII App.

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