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

18 Sep 2017

“R programming language to manage metadata, data complying with OGC standards and controlled vocabularies: the case of Tuna Fisheries”

Dear IG's / WG's,

We would like to invite you to an RDA related event that we believe to be relevant to your activities; “R programming language to manage metadata and data by complying with OGC (EML, CF conventions) standards and controlled vocabularies: the case of Tuna Fisheries” .

When: Tuesday 19 September 2017, from 11:30 to 13:00 local time

Where: room: Mansfield 10, RDA Plenary Meeting, Montreal, Canada

14 Sep 2017

Joint Metadata & Provenance meeting at P10

The joint meeting of the Metadata IG, Metadata Standards Catalog WG,
Research Data Provenance IG, and Data in Context IG will be on Tuesday,
September 19 in Breakout Session 2 (14:00 - 15: 30 EST/UTC -5). The agenda
for this session is here
If you are unable to attend the meeting in person, there will be remote
access for this session (see below).
Remote Access Information (Gotomeeting):

24 Jul 2017

Re: Meeting notes from 19/07 [SEC=UNCLASSIFIED]

Dear Provenance Group,
Here are the minutes from the meeting last week on the 18th or 19th of July:
As always, you are able to comment on the document which will be reviewed at the next Group meeting.
Next meeting is at the "Australian Friendly" time:
Los Angeles, USA Tue, 1 Aug 2017 at 6:00 pm PDT
Chicago, USA Tue, 1 Aug 2017 at 8:00 pm CDT

17 Jul 2017

Meeting in 36 hours [SEC=UNCLASSIFIED]

Dear Provenance Group,
We have our regular, European Friendly, meeting on Tuesday/Wednesday this week in 36 hours. Here's a quick agenda and with teleconference details.
1. Review of last meeting's minutes
2. Review progress to date on Prov Patterns WG

03 Jul 2017

Meeting in 44 hours [SEC=UNCLASSIFIED]

Dear Provenance Group,
We have our regular, Australian Friendly, meeting on Wednesday morning or late Tuesday in about 44 hours' time. Here's a quick agenda and teleconference details.
NOTE: shortly these reminders will go out to the Prov Patterns WG email list only. To keep receiving them, please sign up to that list at
1. Review of last meeting's minutes

20 Jun 2017

Minutes from meeting 21/06 [SEC=UNCLASSIFIED]

Hi all,
The minutes from the meeting just held are:
Main work is on filling the Use Case DB with some sensible specific as well as generic UCs including some from other RDA groups using their terminology. Once we have some more UCs we can test out how best to model them and change the UC DB accordingly.

20 Jun 2017

Prov Patterns WG meeting in 13 hours [SEC=UNCLASSIFIED]

Dear Prov groups,
The next WG meeting is on in about 13 hours time.
Los Angeles, USA Tue, 20 Jun 2017 at 8:00 am PDT
Chicago, USA Tue, 20 Jun 2017 at 10:00 am CDT
London, United Kingdom Tue, 20 Jun 2017 at 4:00 pm BST
Berlin, Germany Tue, 20 Jun 2017 at 5:00 pm CEST
Canberra, Australia Wed, 21 Jun 2017 at 1:00 am AEST
1. Review the minutes from the previous meeting