The requirements of recording and using provenance in e-Science experiments

Miles, Simon, Groth, Paul, Branco, Miguel and Moreau, Luc (2005) The requirements of recording and using provenance in e-Science experiments.

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In e-Science experiments, it is vital to record the experimental process for later use such as in interpreting results, verifying that the correct process took place or tracing where data came from. The documentation of a process that led to some data is called the provenance of that data, and a provenance architecture is the software architecture for a system that will provide the necessary functionality to record, store and use provenance data. However, there has been little principled analysis of what is actually required of a provenance architecture, so it is impossible to determine the functionality they would ideally support. In this paper, we present use cases for a provenance architecture from current experiments in biology, chemistry, physics and computer science, and analyse the use cases to determine the technical requirements of a generic, application-independent architecture. We propose an architecture that meets these requirements and evaluate a preliminary implementation by attempting to realise one of the use cases.

Item Type: Monograph (Technical Report)
Keywords: provenance, e-Science, requirements, use cases, Web Services, service-oriented architectures
Divisions : Faculty of Physical Sciences and Engineering > Electronics and Computer Science > Web & Internet Science
ePrint ID: 260269
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Date Deposited: 13 Jan 2005
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 14:02
PASOA: Provenance Aware Service Oriented Architecture
Funded by: EPSRC (GR/S67623/01)
1 February 2004 to 30 June 2007
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