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n. ~ 1. IP2 · The accuracy, reliability and authenticity of a record. – 2. Dependability, reliability, honesty, and truthfulness.

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  • SAA Glossary 2005 (†241 ): In general, trustworthiness is synonymous with reliability. In archival literature and records, trustworthiness is often defined in terms of reliability and authenticity. This definition loses its apparent circularity when the reliability of records is understood in the diplomatic sense, 'created with appropriate authority, according to established processes, and being complete in all its formal elements.' In the context of electronic records, trustworthiness often implies that the system is dependable and produces consistent results based on well-established procedures.
  • Schneider 1999 (†536 p. 316): Assurance that a system deserves to be trusted–that it will perform as expected despite environmental disruptions, human and operator error, hostile attacks, and design and implementation errors. Trustworthy systems reinforce the belief that they will continue to produce expected behavior and will not be susceptible to subversion.


  • Dollar and Ashley 2014 (†650 p. 38, s.v. "trustworthy records"): Trustworthy electronic records are reliable and authentic records whose integrity has been preserved over time. Reliability references that records can be trusted as an accurate representation of the activities and facts associated with a transaction(s) because they were captured at or near the time of the transaction. Authenticity means that electronic records are what they purport to be. (†1467)
  • Duranti and Rogers 2012 (†278 p. 525): In archival science, records are considered trustworthy if they are reliable, accurate, and authentic. (†282)
  • Kelton, Fleischmann, and Wallace 2008 (†287 p. 367): Trustworthiness is the perceived likelihood that a particular trustee will uphold one’s trust. It encompasses several attributes of the trustee, including competence, positive intentions, ethics, and predictability. The effect of each of these attributes is to strengthen the trustor’s confidence that the trustee is willing and able to fulfill the trust. (†246)
  • Kelton, Fleischmann, and Wallace 2008 (†287 p. 370): The perceived trustworthiness of information can be evaluated in terms of its accuracy, objectivity, validity, and stability. The field of information quality research has focused on identifying a variety of criteria for evaluating the quality of information. In the context of information trust, these criteria capture aspects of the trustworthiness of the information or of the source that produced the information. (†247)
  • MacNeil 2000 (†286 Introduction, p. xi): When something is said to be trustworthy it means it deserves, or is entitled to, trust or confidence. (†244)
  • MacNeil 2000 (†286 Introduction, p. xi): When a record is said to be trustworthy, it means that it is both an accurate statement of facts and a genuine manifestation of those facts. Record trustworthiness thus has two qualitative dimensions: reliability and authenticity. (†245)
  • NIST 2013 (†734 p.20-21): Trustworthiness with respect to information systems, expresses the degree to which the systems can be expected to preserve with some degree of confidence, the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of the information that is being processed, stored, or transmitted by the systems across a range of threats. Trustworthy information systems are systems that are believed to be capable of operating within a defined risk tolerance despite the environmental disruptions, human errors, structural failures, and purposeful attacks that are expected to occur in the environments in which the systems operate—systems that have the trustworthiness to successfully carry out assigned missions/business functions under conditions of stress and uncertainty. (†1811)
  • NIST 2013 (†734 p. B-25): The attribute of a person or enterprise that provides confidence to others of the qualifications, capabilities, and reliability of that entity to perform specific tasks and fulfill assigned responsibilities. [CNSSI 4009] (†1812)
  • Schneider 1999 (†536 p. 2): Trustworthiness of [a Networked Information System] asserts that the system does what is required – despite environmental disruption, human user and operator errors, and attacks by hostile parties – and that it does not do other things. Design and implementation errors must be avoided, eliminated, or somehow tolerated. Addressing only some aspects of the problem is not sufficient. Moreover, achieving trustworthiness requires more than just assembling components that are themselves trustworthy. (†869)
  • Wikipedia (†387 s.v. "trustworthy computing"): The terms trustworthy computing and trusted computing had distinct meanings. A given system can be trustworthy but not trusted and vice versa. ¶ The National Security Agency (NSA) defines a trusted system or component as one "whose failure can break the security policy", and a trustworthy system or component as one "that will not fail". Trusted Computing has been defined and outlined with a set of specifications and guidelines by the Trusted Computing Platform Alliance (TCPA), including secure input and output, memory curtaining, sealed storage, and remote attestation. As stated above, Trustworthy Computing aims to build consumer confidence in computers, by making them more reliable, and thus more widely used and accepted. (†872)