Revealing Beliefs Influencing Trust between Members of the Czech Informatics Community

  • Tomáš Knap
  • Irena Mlýnková
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 6984)


In the project “Social Network of the Computer Scientists in the Regions of the Czech Republic” (SoSIReCR), our aim is to build a social network of Czech informatics community, so that its members can better cooperate and exchange information. In such a social network, the aspect of trust of a member of the informatics community willing to depend on another member is of crucial importance. Unfortunately, trust – a rather complex concept – is typically comprehended as a black box and indivisible concept, leading to confusion of the social network members what trust actually is. To minimize that confusion, we choose in this paper a different approach – trust is comprehended as a set of trusting beliefs (the simpler and more intuitive concepts than trust), such as a belief that a trustee is honest or that (s)he is an expert in the given domain. To identify these beliefs we conduct a survey of the trust literature. Consequently, we select a suitable set of these beliefs relevant for the SoSIReCR project and evaluate the selection process by consulting it (mainly) with the members of the informatics community. We believe that the presented approach is a general promising way to properly define trust in social networking applications.


Social Network Informatics Community Trust Relation Social Network Member Intuitive Concept 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Tomáš Knap
    • 1
  • Irena Mlýnková
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Software Engineering, Faculty of Mathematics and PhysicsCharles University in PragueCzech Republic

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