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The Open Provenance Model - Core Specification (v1.1)

Luc Moreau, Ben Clifford, Juliana Freire, Yolanda Gil, Paul Groth, Joe Futrelle, Natalia Kwasnikowska, Simon Miles, Paolo Missier, Jim Myers, Yogesh Simmhan, Eric Stephan, and Jan Van den Bussche


The Open Provenance Model is a model of provenance that is designed to meet the following requirements: (1) To allow provenance information to be exchanged between systems, by means of a compatibility layer based on a shared provenance model. (2) To allow developers to build and share tools that operate on such a provenance model. (3) To define provenance in a precise, technology-agnostic manner. (4) To support a digital representation of provenance for any "thing", whether produced by computer systems or not. (5) To allow multiple levels of description to coexist. (6) To define a core set of rules that identify the valid inferences that can be made on provenance representation. This document contains the specification of the Open Provenance Model (v1.1) resulting from a community-effort to achieve inter-operability in the Third Provenance Challenge.


Publication typeArticle
Published inFuture Generation Computer Systems

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Luc Moreau, Beth Plale, Simon Miles, Carole Goble, Paolo Missier, Roger Barga, Yogesh Simmhan, Joe Futrelle, Robert McGrath, Jim Myers, Patrick Paulson, Shawn Bowers, Bertram Ludaescher, Natalia Kwasnikowska, Jan Van den Bussche, Tommy Ellkvist, Juliana Freire, and Paul Groth. The Open Provenance Model (v1.01), July 2008.

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