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Trust in collaborative process acts as a tacit, experiential judgment tied to a mix of explicit or implicit reputation histories, agreements, alignments, shared objectives or incentives (make a comprehensive list) which help to trigger a tipping-point like threshold required for a participant to contribute to a collaborative process and its outcome.

Trust is currently listed as a
first class collaborative element,
meaning it is an element of all human collaborative situations.


  • Someone’s social reputation or publication and research histories in academic and scientific collaboration.
  • The GPL FDL licence in wiki collaboration.
  • Past behaviour in close relationships, cultural standing in artistic collaborations etc.