Projects started to experiment with EBSI by taking part in the Wave 1 of the EA Programme. Most of them are now building their solutions.
Projects started to experiment with EBSI by taking part in the Wave 2 of the EA Programme. These pilots have now finalised their requirements to build their solutions.
Projects are ready to start designing the multi-university pilot.
What is an EBSI Early Adopter?
Since 2018, the European Commission and the European Blockchain Partnership have been building the European Blockchain Services Infrastructure (EBSI) to deliver cross-border services for public administrations.
In 2021, 22 projects were selected to become part of our incubator programme to help tap into the potential of the EBSI infrastructure. Each project's private and public sector partners was given early access to the pre-production environment of EBSI, and was invited to develop their own pilot project to address a specific business or government use case involving the exchange of verifiable credentials.
With the help with the EBSI team, Early Adopters can identify how to connect their systems, be part of a community and collaborate with other Early Adopters. This will help us improve EBSI's services and ensure it meets the needs of Europe's businesses and public administrations, within and across borders.
First Early Adopters pilot
Piloting EBSI in the education sector:
the multi-university pilot
The EBSI Early Adopters have been challenged to test their different pilots in a real-life setting by taking part in the multi-university pilot. This allows them to test the interoperability of their solutions with other key actors in the ecosystem to allow for the exchange of verifiable credentials by students and universities : trusted accreditation organisations; trust issuers; holders of credentials; wallet providers and other partners.
Key actors in the education ecosystem
Trusted Accreditation Organisation
Define on-boarding and register DIDs for Trusted Accreditation Organisation / Trusted Issuers.
Identify and issue educational credential for the student.
Request the issuance of educational credentials and share it with university / employer.
IT service provider
Build IT systems and applications, e.g. a digital wallet following the guidelines and specifications to ensure interoperability and compliance with EBSI.
Verify the educational credentials shared by the student.
Are you building a blockchain wallet?
Does your wallet allow citizens to manage their identity and verifiable credentials?
If so, we want to work with you!
Become a part of EBSI and test your solution in our multi-university pilot by testing the conformance of your wallet against European Commission standards to promote your solution across Europe.
Create the first blockchain-enabled cross-border service to manage educational credentials across Europe. Together. With EBSI.
Early Adopter Programme FAQ
Decentralised identifiers (DIDs) are a new type of identifier that enables verifiable, decentralised digital identity. A DID refers to any subject (e.g., a person, organization, thing, data model, abstract entity, etc.) as determined by the controller of the DID. The design enables the controller of a DID to prove control over it without requiring permission from any other party. DIDs are URIs that associate a DID subject with a DID document allowing trustable interactions associated with that subject. They are based on the Self-sovereign identity paradigm.
As specified by the W3C, a verifiable credential is a special form of a digital “credential" an entity (natural person or legal entity) can assert as evidence of certain attributes/properties (or permits, attestation, authorisation, etc.) of another entity. Verifiable means that the integrity (not alteration) of a verifiable credential, as well as the authorship of a verifiable credential, can easily be checked using a cryptographic-based standard procedure.
EBSI is currently restricted to public administrations and EBP endorsed partners. You can contact your national EBP representative for more information on how to get involved in your national initiatives (if applicable).
The Early Adopters programme is currently piloting the multi-university cross-border initiative, which continues until the end of 2021. Registrations are foreseen to reopen in early 2022.
In order to join the programme, your project must be endorsed by your national EBP representative. Some of the factors taken into consideration in your application is the maturity of your project, whether or not it is ready to be implemented on EBSI, if you have clearly defined goals, objectives and resources available to implement your project.