Trust establishment inf the formation of Virtual Organizations

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Authors: A.C. Squicciarini, F. Paci, E. Bertino

Publication Year: 2010

Source: http://disi.unitn.it/~paci/CSI.pdf

Journal: ACM Transactions on Modeling and Computer Simulation

Volume: 33

Categories: Digital Transformation, Virtual Organizations


Abstract

Virtual Organizations (VOs) represent a new collaboration paradigm in which the participating entities pool resources, services, and information to achieve a common goal. VOs represent an interesting approach for companies toa chieve new and profitable business opportunities by begin able to dynamically partner with others. Thus, choosing the appropriate VO partners is a crucial aspect. Ensuring trustworthiness of the members is also fundamental for making the best decisions. In this paper, we show how trust negotiation represents an effective means to select the best possible members during different stages in the VO lifecycle. We base our discussion on concrete application scenarios and illustrate the tools created by us that integrate trust negotation with a VO Management toolkit. Virtual Organization represents a new collaboration paradigm in which the participating entities pool resources in order to achieve a common goal. Choosing the appropriate VO partners is a crucial aspect for the VO success. Ensuring trustworthiness of the members is fundamental for making the best decisions. In this paper, we have shown how TN represents an effective means to select the best possible members during different stages of the VO lifecycle. We discussed a concrete application scenario, and described the tools to integrate a well-known TN system, referred to as Trust-X, with a VO Management toolkit. The experimental results show that the integration of Trust-X into the VO Management toolkit is a price worth to pay because it elegantly extends the VO phases without significantly affecting the overall execution time.