A digital badge is a validated indicator of accomplishment, skill, quality, or interest. Open digital badging makes it easy for anyone to issue, earn, and display badges across the web—through an infrastructure that uses shared and open technical standards. The digital badge captures the complete learning path, so it "travels" with the user wherever they decide to display the badge. The digital badge carries with it information about assessment, evidence, and other metadata required by the badge. Digital badges signal achievement to potential employers; motivate engagement and collaboration; supports innovation and flexibility in the skills that matter; and build and formalize identity and reputation within learning communities.