W3C Prov Specifications - A Quick Introduction


The W3C Provenance Working Group


The Goal

A Definition of Provenance

Lots of application areas need provenance

Provenance is not a new subject

Need to Interchange Provenance

The idea that a single way of representing and collecting provenance could be adopted internally by all systems does not seem to be realistic today.

Instead, a pragmatic approach is to consider a core data model for provenance that allows domain and application specific representations of provenance to be translated into such a data model and exchanged between systems.

Heterogeneous systems can then export their provenance into such a core data model, and applications that need to make sense of provenance in heterogeneous systems can then import it, process it, and reason over it.

Thus, the vision is that different provenance-aware systems natively adopt their own model for representing their provenance, but a core provenance data model can be readily adopted as a provenance interchange model across such systems.

Working Group Charter

charter http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/public-prov-wg/


  • DERI Galway
  • European Broadcasting Union
  • Financial Services Technology Consortium
  • DFKI
  • IBBT
  • IBM
  • Library of Congress
  • Mayo Clinic
  • NASA
  • OCLC
  • Open Geospatial Consortium
  • OpenLink Software
  • Oracle
  • Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
  • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • Revelytix, Inc
  • Newcastle University
  • The National Archives
  • TopQuadrant
  • Universidad Politecnica de Madrid
  • University of Aberdeen
  • University of Edinburgh
  • University of Manchester
  • University of Oxford
  • University of Southampton
  • VU University Amsterdam
  • Wright State University

What is PROV?

Where should I start?

PROV Starting Points

PROV-DM overview

Some Other Concepts

PROV contains a variety of other concepts that help express rich provenance


Relation to Dublin Core


Help us make a provenance-aware Web!


prov-primer http://www.w3.org/TR/prov-primer/
prov-o http://www.w3.org/TR/prov-o/
prov-dm http://www.w3.org/TR/prov-dm/
prov-constraints http://www.w3.org/TR/prov-constraints/
prov-n http://www.w3.org/TR/prov-n/
prov-aq http://www.w3.org/TR/prov-aq/
prov-sem work in progress
prov-xml work in progress
best practice PROV-DC mapping. work in progress


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