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Collaboration model for the scientific community in general and trust management researchers in particular

This result provides a comprehensive theoretical and operational model addressing the issues of trust lifecycle management, namely trust formation, evolution and exploitation. The model is of general interest to the scientific community in general and trust management researchers in particular.

Use of this result is envisaged primarily in a scientific context. More specifically, the model can be instantiated in a variety of ways to support trust-based decision-making in research projects targeting environments characterized by virtual anonymity and lack of complete information about potential collaborators. Consequently, we believe that this result can be utilized a variety of application domains as a basic framework for the exploration of targeted evidence collection and trust-based decision-making techniques.

The main innovative feature of the model is that it supports trust formation, evolution and exploitation on the basis of evidence about the past behavior of principals collected by and communicated between decision-makers. All these process are founded on a formally founded computational model of trust. The model has been validated in a quite diverse collection of application scenarios, which indicates its general applicability.

Although, this result has been widely publicized to the scientific community as indicated by the associated documents, it is currently too early to estimate its commercial potential. As a result, no specific steps have been taken at this stage in order to protect any IPR emanating from it. However, further research is pursued for the development of this result.

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