Provenance in collection-oriented scientific workflows

Shawn Bowers, Timothy M. McPhillips, Bertram Ludäscher

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We describe a provenance model tailored to scientific workflows based on the collection-oriented modeling and design paradigm. Our implementation within the Kepler scientific workflow system captures the dependencies of data and collection creation events on preexisting data and collections, and embeds these provenance records within the data stream. A provenance query engine operates on self-contained workflow traces representing serializations of the output data stream for particular workflow runs. We demonstrate this approach in our response to the first provenance challenge.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)519-529
Number of pages11
JournalConcurrency and Computation: Practice and Experience
Issue number5
StatePublished - Apr 10 2008
Externally publishedYes


  • Collection-oriented scientific workflows
  • Provenance
  • Scientific data management

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Computational Theory and Mathematics


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