Research Data Provenance


Group details

David Dubin, Nicholas Car
Case Statement: 

Tracking provenance for research data is vital to science and scholarship, providing answers to common questions researchers pose when sharing and exchanging data: Where did it come from? Who modified it? Is this copy the same as the copy I deposited? In what way is it the same? How do I resolve discrepancies or anomalies?

This group focuses on the comparison and evaluation of models for data provenance. It is concerned with questions of data origins, maintenance of identity through the data lifecycle, and how we account for data modification. Objectives of this group include: recommending general and expressive frameworks for documenting research data transactions proposing syntheses of complementary provenance views, and relating data provenance to problems of scientific equivalence and the assessment of data quality.

The Research Data Provenance group anticipates potential intersections with the Data Citation, Data Foundation and Terminology, and Metadata Standards working groups as well as the Data in Context interest group.


Recent Activity

23 May 2017

RE: [rda-researchdataprov-ig][rda-provenance-patterns-wg] WG meeting begins just under seven hours from now

Just a reminder that we're about 14 hours away from our regular Europe-friendly Provenance WG/IG meeting (3:00 PM UTC).
We've just had the call for session proposals for the Montreal Plenary, and I hope to provoke you with some suggestions on documenting provenance patterns.
Talk to you soon.
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09 May 2017

WG meeting begins just under seven hours from now

Just a reminder that our regular Provenance Working Group/Interest Group meeting will take place at the Australia-friendly time of 11:00 AM AEST (8:00 PM CDT, 1:00 AM UTC).
As requested, I will contrast three approaches to representing agent roles in provenance descriptions, and relate these to a use case that emerged from the RDA/TDWG Metadata Standards for Attribution of Physical and Digital Collections Stewardship WG session at P9 last month.
Our next Europe-friendly meeting will take place two weeks from today.
Talk to you soon.

27 Apr 2017

Minutes from meeting 26/04 [SEC=UNCLASSIFIED]

​Hi all,
Here are the minutes from the IG meeting held last last night/yesterday.
(given in the minutes document too with more details)
5, NC, Create an RDA wiki page for sources of provenance info, In progress (early stages)
6, ?, Plan for an AGU session, Stalled

05 Apr 2017

MODSIM 2017 Provenance Session CFP now open [SEC=UNCLASSIFIED]

Dear Linked Data WG, Aust and RDA Prov members,
The Australian & New Zealand's Modelling & Simulation Society's conference for 2017, MODSIM, now has its Call for Papers open! 
MODSIM Conference 
* 3 to Friday 8 December
* Hobart, Tasmania
Submission dates
* 250-500 word summary must be submitted by 28 April 2017

15 Mar 2017

Re: [australian-research-data-provenance] Minutes from meeting 15/03 [SEC=UNCLASSIFIED]

Dear all
I had to miss todays meeting.
I note that the plan to develop a session at AGU, mentioned in previous
minutes, seems to have dropped off the radar. This needs to be in by 19
April and will be a bit late to bring it up at the next meeting.
Take care
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15 Mar 2017

Minutes from meeting 15/03 [SEC=UNCLASSIFIED]

Hi all,
Here are the minutes from today's meeting and thanks to Ming for creating them:
Here are the Action Items as summarised at the end of the Minutes document:

ID, Person, Action,
1, NC & DD, Set up the agenda for the data provenance working group (DP WG) session at P9

15 Mar 2017

Sources of Provenance

While information that is provenance is available for many datasets and from many sources, it has been noted at several provenance events that it's hard to find information that is actually indicated as being provenance information. 

Here we list some sources of information identified as provenance information by members of the Research Data Provenance IG and indicate whether it follows a provenance standard or not.

continue reading

14 Mar 2017

IG meeting in 14 hours [SEC=UNCLASSIFIED]

Hi all,
The next Australian-friendly RDA Research Data Provenance Interest Group meeting is on in about 14 hours' time.
1. Minutes from last meeting
2. Provenance Patterns WG
    * WG website online at