Create, store and share rich skill descriptors (RSD)
What are rich skill descriptors (RSD)?
An RSD is a powerful little metadata package that structures skills data and adds context around a particular skill.
- It provides a common definition of a skill and gives the context behind the skill, allowing interoperability in credentials
- RSD metadata contains things such as skill statements, skill keywords, standards or certification alignments, intelligent labour market data and occupational data
- Importantly, the metadata contained in an RSD is both human and machine readable, enabling its use by both people and platforms
Why is open access and interoperability important?
RSDs created using openRSD comply to the Rich Skill Descriptor Standards Implementation Recommendations. This allows RSDs to be published and shared with compatible tools such as the Open Skills Management Tool (OSMT). It also allows RSDs from other platforms to be copied and hosted for use within an individual institution’s openRSD Collection(s).
"An international open skills infrastructure is critical to support the future of work and to building robust talent pipelines where all individuals can achieve their work and life goals."
What can I do in openRSD?
- the use of workflow, version control, multi-tenancy, harvesting, faceted searching and custom reporting
- the flexibility to localise RSD fields to relevant taxonomies
- in international contexts, RSDs can be aligned to multiple skills taxonomies from around the world, such as O*NET skills data in the US, the Australian Skills Classifications system, SFIA, or ESCO in Europe
- storing RSDs in an open digital repository facilitates the tagging of content, and allows for a broader skills-focused (rather than course-focused) content management