Approaches for exploring and querying scientific workflow provenance graphs

Manish Kumar Anand, Shawn Bowers, Ilkay Altintas, Bertram Ludäscher

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While many scientific workflow systems track and record data provenance, few tools have been developed that provide convenient and effective ways to access and explore this information. Two important ways for provenance information to be accessed and explored is through browsing (i.e., visualizing and navigating data and process dependencies) and querying (e.g., to select certain portions of provenance graphs or to determine if certain paths exist between items within a graph). We extend our prior work on representing and querying data provenance by showing how these can be effectively and efficiently combined into an interactive provenance browser. The browser allows different views of provenance to be explored and queried, where queries are expressed in a declarative graph-based provenance query language. Query results are expressed as provenance subgraphs, which can be further visualized and navigated through the browser. The browser supports a generic model of provenance that can be used with various workflow computation models, and has a direct translation to the Open Provenance Model. We present the provenance model, the query language, and describe the overall browser architecture and implementation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProvenance and Annotation of Data and Processes - Third International Provenance and Annotation Workshop, IPAW 2010, Revised Selected Papers
Number of pages10
StatePublished - 2010
Externally publishedYes
Event3rd International Provenance and Annotation Workshop, IPAW 2010 - Troy, NY, United States
Duration: Jun 15 2010Jun 16 2010

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume6378 LNCS
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


Other3rd International Provenance and Annotation Workshop, IPAW 2010
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityTroy, NY

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • Computer Science(all)


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