Through the consultation of a network of organisations and practitioners, MIRVA will produce:

  • O1 Open Recognition Framework
  • O2 Guidelines for Communities & Individuals
  • O3 Guidelines for Organisations & Practitioners
  • O4 Guidelines for Technology Providers & Clients
  • O5 Guidelines for linking informal recognition with Frameworks
  • O6 Open Recognition Framework Validation

Expected impact

By exploring the conditions for an effective Informal Recognition environment, MIRVA will:

  • Inform practitioners, employers, public authorities and technology providers on the opportunities offered by Informal Recognition;
  • Contribute to the empowerment of individuals taking a greater role in the recognition of their own achievements and those of
  • others;
  • Contribute to bridging the gap between informal and formal recognition of learning achievements;
  • Contribute to Increasing the transparency and trustworthiness of qualifications and credentialing systems.

Long term benefits

Long term benefits are a more inclusive society, a more open and transparent employment market and an increased trust in the data relative to individual achievements (CVs, diploma transcripts, etc.).

Cineca's contribution

In order to support italian universities in their mission of providing value to students and learners through efficient and innovative didactic, and to make new international trends in education and learning concretely accessible to italian universities, Cineca has developed a strong competence in elearning systems and - starting in 2015 - Bestr: an Open Badge based platform to encourage and enable the recognition of informal and non formal learning.
Bestr's purpose is to make informally and non formally gained skills visible as Open Badges, to expose them on the web platform for learners to choose among them and to use them to build their unique paths. Competencies represented as Open Badges can more easily be recognised by universities, thanks to the XAPI standard, already used to activate an integration between Bestr and Cineca's student information system for italian universities, as well as between Bestr and Learning Management Systems - starting with Moodle. On the other hand, Open Badges allow Universities and other institutions (companies included) to give proper value to micro competencies, often developed through collateral non-core activities, thus helping learners in leveraging them while building their careers. This is how Bestr is trying to make Open Recognition happen among italian universities, trainers and companies and thus help bridging the "skills gap", to the benefit of italian and european economic and job systems.

The aim of MIRVA is to study the conditions of an Informal Recognition environment through the exploration of:

  • The potential benefits of Open Endorsement as proposed by the Open Badge 2.0 specification;
  • The conditions (technical, educational, political, etc.) for the successful implementation of Open Endorsement;
  • The services that could emerge from the information generated through Open Endorsement;
  • The mitigation of the risks of poor endorsements practices (e.g. LinkedIn!);
  • The conditions for creation of an effective continuum between informal and formal recognition.
data chiusura progetto

Chiara Carlino, [email protected], contact point on behalf of Business Unit Public Administration and Industry


  1. EMF, France 
  2. EAEA, Belgium / Europe
  3. FiBS, Germany
  4. Gear Up, The Netherlands
  5. EPL EFPA EURE , France
  6. Open Knowledge Belgium
  7. CINECA, Italy
  8. Mind 2 Innovate, Greece
Finanziamenti e tempistiche

The project started on September 1st and lasts 3 years

 ERASMUS+ grant program of the European Union under grant no.  2017-1-FR01-KA204-037344

Unione Europea