n. ~ 1. Generally accepted behaviors or understandings. – 2. An understanding that describes means of collaboration.
- Black's 9th 2009 (†382 p. 380): 3. An assembly or meeting of members belonging to an organization or having a common objective. – 6. A generally accepted rule or practice; usage or custom.
- OED 3rd (CD) 2004 (†499 s.v. "convention"): 7. a. An agreement or covenant between parties. – b. An agreement creating legal relations. – 9. a. General agreement or consent, deliberate or implicit, as constituting the origin and foundation of any custom, institution, opinion, etc., or as embodied in any accepted usage, standard of behaviour, method of artistic treatment, or the like.
- Päivärinta, et al. 2015 (†762 ): In an exploratory study of e-government collaboration among Italian municipalities convention was the most popular way of collaboration while establishing a new public body was the least common. A convention is a written collaboration agreement between a group of public agencies in which they define the areas and methods of collaboration. A convention is not a legal entity while a consortium, founded by a group of public agencies, has legal status and only serves its members and is not allowed to offer services externally. A framework agreement entails a common purchasing contract to which the involved public agencies make individual calls.