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J. Cheney, S. Chong, N. Foster, M. Seltzer, and S. Vansummeren. Provenance: A Future History. In Proceedings of the International Conference on Object Oriented Programming, Systems, Languages and Applications, OOPSLA 2009, pages 957-964. ACM Press, Orlando, FL, October 2009.
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Abstract

Science, industry, and society are being revolutionized by radical new capabilities for information sharing, distributed computation, and collaboration offered by the World Wide Web. This revolution promises dramatic benefits but also poses serious risks due to the fluid nature of digital information. One important cross-cutting issue is managing and recording provenance, or metadata about the origin, context, or history of data. We posit that provenance will play a central role in emerging advanced digital infrastructures. In this paper, we outline the current state of provenance research and practice, identify hard open research problems involving provenance semantics, formal modeling, and security, and articulate a vision for the future of provenance.


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