Provenance Patterns WG


Group details

Secretariat Liaison: 
Stefanie Kethers
TAB Liaison: 
Sarah Ramdeen
WGs Getting started (~0-6 months after RDA endorsement)

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

16 Jul 2018

Meeting this week - European time

Hi all,
We have our regular European-friendly timed meeting this week with the details below.
This week, we have some planning required, as per the agenda below.
1. Acceptance of last meeting’s minutes
* We have missed a meeting
2. Review of open Issues

18 Jun 2018

European-friendly meeting in 36 hours

Hi all,
Our next European-friendly meeting is on in just about 36 hours’ time with details below.
1. Review of last meeting’s minutes:
2. Open Action Items:
3. Patterns DB – next steps
4. Use Case write-ups – groups
5. Intentions for ProvenanceWeek

14 Jun 2018

Patterns DB using RDA single sign-on

Dear Prov Pat WG & Storage Service Defns WG,
Single sign-on to the Patterns DB using your RDA credentials has finally arrived!
You’re now able to create a user account on the Patterns DB that is linked to your RDA account and use its details to log you in via the OpenID system. Follow these steps.
To create your account:
1. Sign in to the RDA website using your account at

05 Jun 2018

Meeting tomorrow - 20 hours

Hi all,
Our next Provenance Patterns WG meeting is on tomorrow, in about 20 hours, at the times below.
We have a few things to report:
* Progress on our Patterns DB
* ProvenanceWeek engagement
* National (Australian) provenance projects July onwards
We have a couple of things to discuss too:
* Focus groups - spatial provenance, vocabularies
* RDA & W3C relations
Chicago, USA Tue, 5 Jun 2018 at 8:00 pm CDT

21 May 2018

Meeting in 35 hours' time

Hi all,
Our regular “Europe Friendly” meeting is on in about 35 hours’ time.
At this meeting I’m most keen to place people into groups to address certain types of Use Cases and patterns. So far we have established groups for provenance at:
* Vocabularies
* Spatial
* Enterprise scale
* Project scale
Please come along to this meeting to either join one of those groups or to create a new one.

09 May 2018

Patterns DB in production - almost complete

Dear WG,
I have just transferred the last of our Use Cases, Patterns, Implementations and so on from the Patterns DB from the dev server we’ve been running until now to a production server. The site will not go down again!
I am now working on the RDA logins to the system so that you all, and any other RDA members, can log in to the DB using your RDA credentials. For now, Use Cases etc. that you have contributed are attributed to you but you can’t add new ones or edit them until this logon work is complete.

07 May 2018

Meeting in 46 hours - Minigroups

Dear WG,
Our next meeting is on this week in about 2 days’ time at:
Chicago, USA Tue, 8 May 2018 at 8:00 pm CDT
London, United Kingdom Wed, 9 May 2018 at 2:00 am BST
Berlin, Germany Wed, 9 May 2018 at 3:00 am CEST
Canberra, Australia Wed, 9 May 2018 at 11:00 am AEST
Since we cancelled the last meeting, please could people attend this one to revisit forming mini-groups to address specific sets of Use Cases and Patterns? So far the mini-groups are:
* Enterprise – provenance at the enterprise scale

24 Apr 2018

Next meeting cancelled - call for mini-groups

Hi all,
The meeting for today/tomorrow in 10 hours is cancelled due to the unavailability of co-chairs.
The main item of current consideration in the group is the establishment of small groups around types of Use Cases, Patterns and Implementations. This is in order to think through all the variations and representations of them within an area, say spatial provenance, and to document things well.
From the last meeting we established the following mini-groups:
* Spatial
* Vocabularies
* provenance of and provenance using vocabs