OpenCerts is an open-source platform for issuing and validating tamper-resistant digital academic certificates. Powered by Ethereum, a blockchain network also known as distributed ledger technology, OpenCerts reduces the barrier to entry of publishing cryptographically protected educational credentials.
Users will not have to worry about any personal information being leaked as academic records of the certificate and personal data are not published on the blockchain. A hash is generated from the certificate and since the hash is the only information published into the blockchain, no personal information can be obtained from content on the blockchain.
Since a public blockchain is owned by the community and easily accessible by anyone, there is no need to run or maintain services to verify OpenCerts.
With OpenCerts, it’s a win-win for both the students and educational institutions. Educational institutes can benefit from the cost-savings and reduced amount of time for verifying issued certificates while students can easily obtain their certificates and send them to future employers who can then also use the platform to check the authenticity of the certificate.
Developed by Government Technology Agency (GovTech), Ngee Ann Polytechnic, SkillsFuture Singapore and Ministry of Education