SSI Institutions

Decentralization needs coordination as well. Therefore, some institutions formed or took over a specific part within the SSI ecosystem to work on standardizations or helpful tools for the community. This page lists some of the most impactful institutions and organizations within the SSI space as well as their main topics.

Decentralized Identity Foundation

DIF is an engineering-driven organization focused on developing the foundational elements necessary to establish an open ecosystem for decentralized identity and ensure interop between all participants.


ESSIF-Lab is an EU-funded project and aims at advancing the broad uptake of Self-Sovereign Identities (SSI) as a next generation, open and trusted digital identity solution for faster and safer electronic transactions via the Internet and in real life.


ID_Alastria is a digital identity model proposed by the Association for use in digital services, even beyond blockchain technology itself and inspired by the Self Sovereign Identity (SSI) concept.

Next Generation Internet (NGI)

The Next Generation Internet (NGI) is a European Commission initiative that aims to shape the development and evolution of the Internet into an Internet of Humans. An Internet that responds to people’s fundamental needs, including trust, security, and inclusion, while reflecting the values and the norms all citizens enjoy in Europe.

W3C DID Working Group

The mission of the Decentralized Identifier Working Group is to standardize the DID URI scheme, the data model and syntax of DID Documents, which contain information related to DIDs that enable the aforementioned initial use cases, and the requirements for DID Method specifications.

W3C Verifiable Credentials Working Group

The mission of the Verifiable Credentials (formerly known as Verifiable Claims) Working Group (VCWG) is to make expressing and exchanging credentials that have been verified by a third party easier and more secure on the Web. The Working Group is now in maintenance mode.


The European Commission and the European Blockchain Partnership are building the European Blockchain Services Infrastructure (EBSI), striving for blockchain technology serving European citizens with services based on European values. EBSI aims to develop a network of nodes across Europe to support cross-border services between governments, enterprises, and citizens (i.e. public administration). The idea is to improve the efficiency and trust of EU-wide transactions, enhance the mobility of citizens, enterprises, and goods, reduce Europe’s environmental impact, in a way that respects compliance with EU regulations, and encourages the growth of tech hubs and projects.

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