The ESVA (eSignature Validator for Academics) project aims to develop an independent signature verification module supporting European higher education institutions and student service providers on the exchange and verification of trustable documents and data through the EWP network.

Started: 2021

Funding: Connecting Europe Facility – Telecom

Project budget: 282,315 EUR

Length: 1,5 years

Partners: 5

The ESVA project intends to develop an independent validation module, to be integrated with the Erasmus Without Paper network, which will validate electronic signatures and electronic seals of the documents and data exchanged through the EWP network, namely the Transcript of Records, according to the EU recommendations. The consortium will work on the:

  1. Design and development of eSignature Validation Software Package
    The Validation software package will analyse if a certain e-signature is valid, qualified or not, and collect any existing attributes that may be available to collect.
  2. Design and development of eSignature Validation Module EWP integration
    This activity intends to develop the validation of the attributes received from the eSignature Validation Package against the EWP API’s in order to assign a level of trust to the signature of the signed document. Such EWP attributes validation will allow the contextualisation of a digitally signed document, adding a background to it, and making it possible to identify with high precision the owner of the analysed digital signature.

The Validation Module will be tested in terms of data interpretation, security and integrity. All the software developed will be open source and made available in an accessible and structured format to the community.

ESVA will contribute to an effective and reliable system to identify key dimensions of signatures, attesting therefore the authenticity and roles of the persons who signed for specific matters. ESVA will allow accuracy and security in university procedures, while reduce bureaucracy and the time consumed during manual procedures of verification.

Partners: University of Porto, DigitalSign – Certificadora Digital SA, Mendel University in Brno, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, European University Foundation