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A Survey of Data Provenance in e-Science

Yogesh Simmhan, Beth Plale, and Dennis Gannon


Data management is growing in complexity as large-scale applications take advantage of the loosely coupled resources brought together by grid middleware and by abundant storage capacity. Metadata describing the data products used in and generated by these applications is essential to disambiguate the data and enable reuse. Data provenance, one kind of metadata, pertains to the derivation history of a data product starting from its original sources.In this paper we create a taxonomy of data provenance characteristics and apply it to current research efforts in e-science, focusing primarily on scientific workflow approaches. The main aspect of our taxonomy categorizes provenance systems based on why they record provenance, what they describe, how they represent and store provenance, and ways to disseminate it. The survey culminates with an identification of open research problems in the field.


Publication typeArticle
Published inSIGMOD Record
AddressNew York, NY, USA
PublisherACM Press

Newer versions

Bin Cao, Beth Plale, Girish Subramanian, Ed Robertson, and Yogesh Simmhan. Provenance Information Model of Karma Version 3, IEEE, July 2009.

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