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Issue No. 02 - March/April (2008 vol. 12)
ISSN: 1089-7801
pp: 13-19
Alvaro Arenas , STFC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory
Michael Wilson , STFC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory
Shirley Crompton , STFC Daresbury Laboratory
Dana Cojocarasu , University of Oslo
Tobias Mahler , University of Oslo
Lutz Schubert , University of Stuttgart
Two or more parties typically establish a business relationship using a contract, but a large gap still exists between the provisions of contracts produced by lawyers and the details of computer security and performance addressed by technologists. Some contractual clauses address legal issues that technology can manage as well ? the TrustCoM framework offers a paradigm for automating these clauses as technical operations. If a business relationship forms across a service-oriented architecture, the parties involved often manage their collaboration as a virtual organization (VO). In TrustCoM, agreements are the key means of steering VO collaborations and mitigating the risks inherent in integrating processes and resources across organizational boundaries.
Virtual organizations, contract law, contract management, service-level agreements, SLAs, enterprise networks

M. Wilson, A. Arenas, D. Cojocarasu, S. Crompton, T. Mahler and L. Schubert, "Bridging the Gap between Legal and Technical Contracts," in IEEE Internet Computing, vol. 12, no. , pp. 13-19, 2008.
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