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ABOUT US

Launched in Dublin, Ireland in 2005, Digitary has grown to become the leading online platform for certifying, sharing, and verifying academic credentials.

The world’s most respected higher education providers use Digitary to eliminate credential fraud, improve service levels, and increase efficiencies.

Learner-centric since the very beginning, Digitary enables millions of learners to access their verified achievements 24/7 and to share them with others, securely, quickly, and easily.

Digitary enables instant verification of records with full Learner consent, maintaining regulatory compliance and eliminating the hassle of manual verification.

It’s no wonder that Digitary is used by organisations in over 125 countries.

With a stellar reputation for successful, scaled programme delivery and consistently excellent service levels, we enjoy exceptional customer relationships and we take pride in the good name we have worked hard to build for more than a decade and a half.

At Digitary, we combine a uniquely knowledgeable and experienced team with the agility and energy of a start-up, and we present in a refreshingly authentic and no-nonsense style.

The fact that our first customers continue to work with us after more than a decade speaks volumes.

OUR BOARD

Michael Quinn

Chairman

Michael is a lifelong financial professional. He is the former Chief Executive of ICC Bank, a previously state-owned specialist business bank. He has held a number of directorships and chairs in the education, financial, technology and medical sectors.

He is the former President of CIMA in Ireland, former Chairman of the Irish government funded education and training institute for public servants, the Institute of Public Administration (IPA), and current Chair of a pension fund Board of Trustees.

Andy Dowling

Founder & CEO

Andy Dowling has over twenty years of experience as a technology leader and has worked for leading multinational companies in the software, insurance, and information security sectors.

He started his career in Ireland as a University lecturer in Computer Science, teaching and researching on various topics including information security and software development. After consulting for a number of crypto software firms, Andy founded Digitary and built the first platform.

Andy holds a B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in Computer Science from National University of Ireland, Maynooth and is a former University lecturer in Computer Science.

Florian Dehne

Non-Executive Director

Florian is Strategy Director for SEEK’s Employment business in Australia and New Zealand. He leads the development of SEEK’s employment marketplace strategy and facilitates its implementation.

Prior to joining SEEK, Florian was a Partner at the global management consulting firm L.E.K. Consulting, where he advised major organisations on service innovation and growth.

Florian holds an MBA from the Australian Graduate School of Management and a Bachelor of Commerce from the Georg-August-Universität Göttingen.

Dr Daniel O’Hare

Non-Executive Director

Danny was the founding president of Dublin City University. He has held the Chair role on a wide range of national and local Boards in Ireland including: the Irish Universities Association, Government Expert Group on Future Skills Needs, the Information Society Commission, the Food Safety Authority of Ireland, the National Children’s Science Centre, and Beaumont Hospital.

Danny has been a Board member of a number of organisations including: The Irish Medical Council, Respect (Daughters of Charity), Management Board Daughters of Charity Services for the Intellectually Disabled and the National Office of Clinical Audit.

OUR TEAM

ACHIEVEMENTS

Where it all started – Ireland & the UK

It all started for Digitary at the University of Limerick (UL), Ireland, in 2005, when we implemented the world’s first learner-centric solution to verify degree certificates, transcripts and European Diploma Supplements.

The positive impact of Digitary was immediate – students and graduates could easily access and share their verified achievements online 24/7, without the University having to get involved in the process. University administrators were able to spend their time on more valuable things than issuing paper transcripts, while employers got immediate degree verification with the full consent of the graduate.

We could say more, but the fact that our very first customers are still with Digitary more than a decade and a half later speaks volumes. Now, most publicly-funded higher education institutions in Ireland happily use Digitary, as do some of the top UK Universities, including University of Cambridge, University of Manchester, and London School of Economics.

Australia New Zealand – the biggest roll-out in our sector

Further afield, Digitary developed Australia’s first digitally signed AHEGS, Testamur (degree certificate), and transcript for the Australian National University (ANU) in 2010.

ANU’s experience with Digitary over the following six years was so positive that it helped cement Digitary’s reputation Down Under.

In 2016, Digitary was chosen over all of its competitors to become the technology platform for My eQuals – a regional platform used by all 47 publicly-funded Universities in Australia and New Zealand.

We’re very proud of this one, too – not only because we were the chosen vendor, but because we delivered the entire programme on-time and within budget, and a positively transformational impact along with it.

Championing digital standards internationally

As one of the first signatories to the Groningen Declaration Network (GDN), the Digitary team continues to invest time and energy to pursue its vision of empowering learners and streamlining digital student mobility.

We have partnered with fellow GDN signatories including CHESICCCollegeNETPESCEducational Perspectives, and Educational Credential EvaluatorsWe continue to contribute our vision and perspective, based on our unique knowledge and experience gained through over 15 years of hard work, to the evolving conversations at the GDN regarding the digital credentialing landscape.

OUR HISTORY

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2019

Digitary further expands its senior leadership team and continues to increase its R&D to deliver on groundbreaking new capabilities for 2019.

Digitary appoints a Manager for Canada to assist with Digitary’s growth into the North American region.

Digitary makes rapid progress on its data and open standards strategy in Q1, with the development of Digitary’s Learner data model and support for PESC XML transcripts over the EdExchange platform. 

 

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2018

Representing a monumental success for the participating Universities, Higher Ed Services (HES) and Digitary, My eQuals, powered by Digitary, is successfully delivered on time and within budget to Australian and New Zealand Universities in October 2018.

Digitary adds COO and CTO to the Leadership team and now has representation in Dublin, Ireland; Melbourne, Australia. Bologna, Italy and New Delhi, India.  

Over two million academic records are now issued through Digitary and verifications have taken place in over 125 countries.

The Certifile(TM) service, provided by CollegeNET and powered by Digitary and Educational Perspectives, helps streamline the admissions process for international applicants from over 80 countries as they apply to top US universities including Stanford, Georgia Tech, and Cornell.

 

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2017

The shared platform powered by Digitary, My eQuals successfully launches in April 2017 on time, with four Australian and New Zealand pilot universities. Universities continue to be on-boarded according to schedule in a phased manner through 2017.

SEEK, the largest employment marketplace in Australia, acquires a minority stake in Digitary. Digitary’s long-term UK and Irish customers continue to migrate to the Digitary CORE platform.

DigitaryCollegeNET and Educational Perspectives launch an enhanced service enabling US Universities to receive verified academic records from any international applicant applying to study in the US. This is successfully piloted with Stanford University and subsequently rolled out to 19 additional US Universities via CollegeNET.

 

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2016

Digitary beats global competition to secure the tender for My eQuals, a regional digital credentialing solution for all 47 publicly-funded Australian and New Zealand Universities. Project commences in October 2016.

Digitary successfully completes a technology integration with CHESICC, the only agency of the Chinese Ministry of Education able to process learner information there.  This integration enables admissions offices to receive verified academic records from Chinese applicants through Digitary.

 

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2015

Digitary releases its cloud-based, feature-rich platform, Digitary CORE.

Digitary successfully completes a technology integration with CollegeNET Inc, a leading US provider of online admissions application systems serving 400 US Universities. The project enables international applicants to attach Digitary-certified records to their applications for admission to US Universities.

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2011

Digitary wins competitive tender to implement its enterprise credentialing solution for a consortium of UK Universities via the Digital Academic Records Exchange (DARE) project, in addition to supporting its other UK-based customers including University of Cambridge, University of Manchester, and London School of Economics.

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2008

Digitary employs fiscally smart measures that successfully carry the business through the Global Financial Crisis, without dips in business service and customer support.

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2007

Representing its first sector-wide rollout, Digitary successfully delivers its pioneering enterprise credentialing solution for all 14 Irish Institutes of Technology, on time and within budget.

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2005

After three years of R&D building the first version of Digitary’s platform, University of Limerick (UL) becomes Digitary’s first customer delivering the world-first cryptographically signed degree certificates, transcripts, and European Diploma Supplements to UL learners.

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