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[ontolog-forum] The EU Provenance Project

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From: "John F. Sowa" <sowa@xxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Wed, 09 Apr 2008 09:42:40 -0400
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The European Union has sponsored a project for tracking the
provenance of digital documents.  Following is their summary:    (01)

    The Provenance Project has defined an open provenance architecture,
    an architecture for provenance systems, based on an open data model,
    allowing explicit documentation of past processes to be expressed,
    and a set of public interfaces allowing the creation, recording
    and querying of such process documentation. The Provenance project
    also produced a software implementation of this architecture, its
    integration with several Grid toolkits, as well as a series of
    tools operating against its open interfaces and data models.
    Such an approach offers multiple benefits to the users who have
    interacted with a deployment of the provenance architecture,
    including medical users and users in the aerospace domain.    (02)

The architecture diagram on the following web page provides an overview
of their tools and how they're organized:    (03)

The EU Provenance Project    (04)

Following is the opening paragraph of that web page:    (05)

    The Provenance Architecture is defined as a computer system that
    deals with all issues pertaining to the recording, maintenance,
    visualisation, reasoning and analysis of the documentation of
    the process that underpins the notion of provenance. Such a system
    is a software implementation of the Open Provenance Architecture,
    which identifies the different roles in such a system, their
    interactions and the kind of provenance representation they are
    expected to support.    (06)

Many of the ideas they have developed and implemented are relevant
to an ontology repository, and I suggest that we consider them as
a starting point for further discussion.    (07)

John Sowa    (08)

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