The University of Southampton
University of Southampton Institutional Repository

Provenance-based validation of e-science experiments

Miles, Simon, Wong, Sylvia C, Feng, Weijian, Groth, Paul, Zauner, Klaus-Peter and Moreau, Luc (2007) Provenance-based validation of e-science experiments Journal of Web Semantics, 5, (1), pp. 28-38. (doi:10.1016/j.websem.2006.11.003).

Record type: Article


E-science experiments typically involve many distributed services maintained by different organisations. After an experiment has been executed, it is useful for a scientist to verify that the execution was performed correctly or is compatible with some existing experimental criteria or standards, not necessarily anticipated prior to execution. Scientists may also want to review and verify experiments performed by their colleagues. There are no existing frameworks for validating such experiments in today's e-science systems. Users therefore have to rely on error checking performed by the services, or adopt other ad hoc methods. This paper introduces a platform-independent framework for validating workflow executions. The validation relies on reasoning over the documented provenance of experiment results and semantic descriptions of services advertised in a registry. This validation process ensures experiments are performed correctly, and thus results generated are meaningful. The framework is tested in a bioinformatics application that performs protein compressibility analysis.

PDF WEBSEM07 - Accepted Manuscript
Download (801kB)

More information

Published date: July 2007
Organisations: Web & Internet Science, Agents, Interactions & Complexity


Local EPrints ID: 263829
PURE UUID: eb7c5132-b192-4b8b-917f-33115976ef1b
ORCID for Luc Moreau: ORCID iD

Catalogue record

Date deposited: 02 Apr 2007
Last modified: 18 Jul 2017 07:41

Export record



Author: Simon Miles
Author: Sylvia C Wong
Author: Weijian Feng
Author: Paul Groth
Author: Klaus-Peter Zauner
Author: Luc Moreau ORCID iD

University divisions

Download statistics

Downloads from ePrints over the past year. Other digital versions may also be available to download e.g. from the publisher's website.

View more statistics

Atom RSS 1.0 RSS 2.0

Contact ePrints Soton:

ePrints Soton supports OAI 2.0 with a base URL of

This repository has been built using EPrints software, developed at the University of Southampton, but available to everyone to use.

We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. If you continue without changing your settings, we will assume that you are happy to receive cookies on the University of Southampton website.