Verifiable Credential

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The Verifiable Credentials Data Model 1.0 is a standard means fro create a collection of claims to move between trust domains or federations. But since is it a data model and not a data format or protocol, it cannot delivery on that goal.


  • The Verifiable Credential was the first of a series of proposed standards to enable Self-Sovereign Identity by enabling the packaging of user identity information that can be verified by the receiver.
  • The Verifiable Presentation is create in response to a request from a Verifier which is known here as a Relying Party.


The Verifiable Credential is a Swiss Army knife

The Swiss Army knife was designed for survival in the wild if it were the only tool available to you.

  • It was wildly popular and sold or copied throughout the world.
  • The Swiss Army knife is not used to fix a car our build a house if there are a purpose built tools available.

The Verifiable Credential spec was created to allow Verifiable Credentials to fill any identify function.

  • They were not designed to build industrial scale identifier solutions.



  • This Evernym atricle seems to be saying both that it does not exist and it is right around the corner. (2020-12-21)


  • This was one of the highlights from XXXI Internet Identity workshop:(IIW) presentation by Timothy Ruff (