7 Verifiable credentials

David W. Chadwick and Daniel C. Burnett

Verifiable credentials (VCs) are the very heart of SSI architecture. In this chapter, you learn how VCs evolved, what they look like as data structures, what different formats and digital signature options are supported, and how VCs have been standardized at World Wide Web Consortium (W3C). Your guides are two of the primary authors of the W3C Verifiable Credentials Data Model 1.0 standard: David Chadwick, professor of information systems security at the University of Kent, and Daniel Burnett, executive director of the Enterprise Ethereum Alliance and former blockchain standards architect at ConsenSys. Daniel also served as co-chair of the W3C Verifiable Claims Working Group that ...

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