Tutorial on Provenance
Tutorial on Provenance


Tutorial on Provenance A decade of research on provenance, a standardisation of provenance at the World Wide Web Consortium (PROV), and applications, toolkits and services adopting provenance have led to the recognition that provenance is a critical facet of good data governance for businesses, governments and organisations in general. Provenance, which is defined as a record that describes the people, institutions, entities, and activities involved in producing, influencing, or delivering a piece of data or a thing, is now regarded as an essential function of data-intensive applications, to provide a trusted account of what they performed. In this tutorial, I will explain the motivation for provenance, introduce the standard PROV, present some applications of provenance, and review some tools for provenance. We will aim to conclude with a practical session on provenance modelling.


Luc Moreau is a Professor of Computer Science and Head of the department of Informatics, at King's College London. Before joining King's, Luc was Head of the Web and Internet Science, in the department of Electronics and Computer Science, at the University of Southampton.

Luc was co-chair of the W3C Provenance Working Group, which resulted in four W3C Recommendations and nine W3C Notes, specifying PROV, a conceptual data model for provenance the Web, and its serializations in various Web languages. Previously, he initiated the successful Provenance Challenge series, which saw the involvement of over 20 institutions investigating provenance inter-operability in 3 successive challenges, and which resulted in the specification of the community Open Provenance Model (OPM). Before that, he led the development of provenance technology in the FP6 Provenance project and the Provenance Aware Service Oriented Architecture (PASOA) project. [For further details, please see https://nms.kcl.ac.uk/luc.moreau/about.html]

He is on the editorial board of "PeerJ Computer Science" and previously he was editor-in-chief of the journal "Concurrency and Computation: Practice and Experience" and on the editorial board of "ACM Transactions on Internet Technology".

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