Provenance Patterns WG


Group details

Secretariat Liaison: 
Stefanie Kethers
TAB Liaison: 
Sarah Ramdeen
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Tracking provenance for research data is vital to science and scholarship, providing answers to common questions researchers and institutions pose when sharing and exchanging data.

The tasks for this Working Group focus on finding, detailing and recommending best practices for provenance representation and management.

This group will conduct its work in the manner of a business analysis task: identifying business needs and determining solutions to business problems. Since RDA WGs are not themselves research groups (rather groups of researchers and research agencies), this group will look for existing practice and re-present that for use rather than generate new practice.

Recent Activity

17 Jan 2018

Provenance patterns meeting in one hour

Just a reminder, colleagues, that our regular conference call will begin in just under an hour at the Australia-friendly time of midnight, UTC. Connection details below. I hope you can join us, but if not we'll have our Europe-friendly conference call in two weeks.
Or, go to and enter meeting ID: 276 978 584
Join from a dial-in phone:

20 Dec 2017

Minutes and a not on PP DB progress

Hi all,
The minutes from the meeting today are now online:
Resulting actions:
* P11 Session proposal due 12/28 - Chairs
* Make presentation What is a Provenance Pattern - DD
* Make presentation How patterns are implemented as solutions - NC
* Make repo for Plenary Materials – DD, Complete

19 Dec 2017

Meeting in 24 hours

Hi All,
In 24 hours’ we have our Provenance Patterns WG / Australian Research Data Provenance teleconference at the Australian-friendly time.
In addition to the regular WG business, we have a few small items for the meeting that I think will be of wide interest so here’s a loose Agenda:
1. Review Minutes of last meeting
2. Review progress of WG
* Final Charter has been submitted
* Meetings for Berlin RDA meeting need arranging
3. Interest items

04 Dec 2017

Prov Patterns WG meeting

Hi all,
We have our Europe-friendly meeting of the Provenance Patterns WG in about 24 hours’ time:
Chicago, USA Tue, 5 Dec 2017 at 8:00 am CST
London, United Kingdom Tue, 5 Dec 2017 at 2:00 pm GMT
Berlin, Germany Tue, 5 Dec 2017 at 3:00 pm CET
Paris, France Tue, 5 Dec 2017 at 3:00 pm CET
Canberra, Australia Wed, 6 Dec 2017 at 1:00 am AEDT
Please click this URL to start or join:

21 Nov 2017

Meeting in 2.5 hours - item of interest

Dear Prov Group,
We have our Australian-friendly meeting in 2.5 hours’ time. Apologies for the extremely late notice!
In this meeting we will, of course, discuss our usual Working Group business but I’d also like to relate one item surely of interest to many of you:
* Geoscience Australia’s progression towards enterprise provenance management
* As of last week, I’ve left GA and now work for CSIRO due to family relocation issues so I’d like to sum up what was achieved, and what wasn’t regarding provenance in the two years that I was there.

06 Nov 2017

Comments on Patterns 12, 25 & 26 [SEC=UNCLASSIFIED]

Hi WG,
I have enabled comments on Patterns 12, 25 & 26: - Associating metadata in documents with graph provenance - Associating ISO19115-1 items with a provenance query service - Associating ISO19115-1 items with a provenance query service #2

06 Nov 2017

Meeting in just over 24 hours [SEC=UNCLASSIFIED]

Dear Prov Patterns WG,
Our next meeting is on at the time below, in just over 24 hours. I have put up a draft agenda here:
Of note for this meeting: we really do have to up our direct communication with other Groups now and I'd like us to review a couple of patterns or patter proposals that I've indicated in the draft minutes.

23 Oct 2017

Meeting in 45 hours [SEC=UNCLASSIFIED]

Dear Provenance Patterns WG,
We have a meeting in about 45 hours' time, see times below.
Catalogues & Provenance
Many people are interested in linking legacy metadata systems to future provenance systems. We are assisting with developing "provenance patterns" for organisational implementation issues, not pure provenance modelling issues. We will discuss the fiorst attempts at this in the WG.
1. Minutes/actions from last meeting
a. Review moving of meeting notes to GitHub

09 Oct 2017

Prov WG meeting in 34 hours [SEC=UNCLASSIFIED]

Hi all,
We have out WG meeting in about 34 hours' time in the "European-friendly" timeslot. The time may have shifted an hour for some of you due to Australian daylight savings. A quick agenda for the meeting is below.
1. Review of last meeting's minutes