Transparency may refer to:

  • Transparency and translucency, the physical property of allowing the transmission of light through a material

Literal uses:

  • Electromagnetically induced transparency, an effect in which a medium that is normally opaque at a particular wavelength is caused to become temporarily transparent
  • Pentimento, an alteration in a painting, often revealed with growing transparency in paints with age
  • Transparency (photography), a still, positive image created on a transparent base using photochemical means
  • Transparency (projection), a thin sheet of transparent material for use with an overhead projector

In computing and mathematics:

  • Transparency (human-computer interaction), user and engineering design considerations, including
    • Location transparency if the names used to identify network resources are independent of both the user's location and the resource location
    • Network transparency if there is no difference between the centralized database and the distributed database
  • Transparency (digital design), the property of a latch to show input changes immediately on output
  • Transparency (data compression), the ideal result of lossy data compression
  • Transparency (telecommunication), the property by which a transmission system passes a signal through without changing its form or content
  • Transparency (graphic), for overlay and translucency in PNG, GIF, and TIFF files
  • Transparency (pseudo), or background translucency in the X or X11 Window System
  • Referential transparency in programming designates a deterministic function
  • Security through transparency, a security engineering methodology which attempts to get as many people as possible reviewing code, with the hope that they will maintain or at least point out bugs in it, improving security over time.

In science, engineering, humanities, government, and business:

  • Media transparency, in the communications industry
  • Government transparency, in government
  • Radical transparency in management
  • Corporate transparency in business operations
  • Transparency (behavior), a metaphor implying visibility in contexts related to the behavior of individuals or groups
  • Transparency (behavior), performing in such a way that it is easy for the agent or others to see what's wrong, e.g., the standard way to make change at a point of sale
  • Transparency (linguistic), a term used in linguistics and the philosophy of language
  • Transparency (market), a term in economics
  • Transparency (philosophy), an adjective applied to a state in which the subject can be aware of being in that state
  • Transparency (social), the social value of access to information held by centers of authority
  • Transparency (trade), the formal principle of the WTO that a country’s policies and regulations affecting foreign trade should be clearly communicated to its trading partners.
  • Transparency International, an organization working for governance, corporate, banking and association transparency
    See also: Freedom of information legislation
  • Transparency (Guatemala), a political party in Guatemala (Transparencia)

In entertainment:

  • Transparent (album), Coil album
  • Transparent (film), 2005 documentary film
  • Transparency (2010 film)

Famous quotes containing the word transparency:

    “End of tomorrow.
    Don’t try to start the car or look deeper
    Into the eternal wimpling of the sky: luster
    On luster, transparency floated onto the topmost layer
    Until the whole thing overflows like a silver
    Wedding cake or Christmas tree, in a cascade of tears.”
    John Ashbery (b. 1927)

    Life is filigree work.... What is written clearly is not worth much, it’s the transparency that counts.
    Louis-Ferdinand Céline (1894–1961)