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4th International Provenance and Annotation Workshop (IPAW'2012)

June 19 -21, 2012


"Provenance of a resource is a record that describes entities and processes involved in producing and delivering or otherwise influencing that resource. Provenance provides a critical foundation for assessing authenticity, enabling trust, and allowing reproducibility. Provenance assertions are a form of contextual metadata and can themselves become important records with their own provenance." --Provenance XG Final Report

2012 will be a watershed year for provenance/annotation research. Under the stewardship of the World Wide Web Consortium, the global community of provenance practitoners is converging on standardized definitions, models, representations, and protocols for provenance. An infrastructure may soon be in place that could potentially support universal access to the provenance of online artifacts. The time is ripe to explore the implications of ubiquitous provenance.

Provenance is understood to be a critical component of information trustworthiness; indeed, much provenance research has been motivated by the vision of Tim Berners-Lee's "Oh, yeah?" button for accessing the metadata of a web resource. Provenance is also increasingly understood to be essential to scientific reproducibility—the provenance and annotation of a digital scientific artifact often fulfills the same function that a paper notebook did for earlier laboratory experiments. In many cases provenance offers the only coherent picture of ad-hoc digital workflows. Provenance is also a requirement for long-term preservation of digital information.

The spread of automatic systems for provenance capture and management will allow provenance to be associated with digital artifacts whose complexity (e.g., social networks) or volume (e.g., environmental satellite data) would make manual annotation prohibitive. Furthermore, the availability of large corpora provenance records is enabling research into automatic exploration of and reasoning about provenance.

IPAW 2012 is the fourth workshop in the International Provenance and Annotation Workshop Series. IPAW proceedings are published by Springer:

Special Features

  • Keynote: Philip E. Bourne - Professor in the Department of Pharmacology and Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of California San Diego
  • Tutorial on the W3C Provenance Specifications


The goal of this workshop is to bring together researchers into all aspects of information provenance and annotation. In particular, IPAW 2012 seeks participation from researchers who are developing standards and services for the representation and communication of provenance, and who are implementing provenance in active data analysis and management environments.

Topics of interest for IPAW 2012 include:

  • Standardization of provenance models, services, and representations
  • Provenance management architectures and techniques
  • Use cases for provenance
  • Analytic provenance and the relationship between provenance and visualization
  • Provenance and the semantic web
  • Human interpretation of provenance
  • Security and privacy implications of provenance
  • Legal applications of provenance
  • Integration of provenance into existing information management architectures
  • Provenance and social media
  • Provenance and its relationship to annotation and metadata
  • Scalability of provenance architectures
  • Relationships between provenance and workflow
  • Machine learning for and from provenance
  • Provenance and digital curation
  • Reasoning about provenance
  • Provenance implications for trust and authenticity
  • Publishing provenance
  • Querying provenance
  • Provenance management system prototypes and commercial solutions

Important Dates

  • Abstracts Due: March 16, 2012
  • Papers Due: March 23, 2012
  • Notification of Acceptance: April 20, 2012
  • Conference: June 19-21 2012.


Research Papers

Authors are invited to submit original, unpublished research papers that are not under review for publication elsewhere. Papers must be:

A proceedings volume will be published after the workshop in the Springer Lecture Notes in Computer Science series.

Submitted research papers will also be automatically considered for poster-only presentation.

Posters and Demonstrations

IPAW 2012 also encourages the presentation of ongoing work as posters or demonstrations. Proposals for posters or demonstrations should be formatted and submitted as described above, with the following additional restrictions:

  • Demonstrations: Using no more than 4 pages, describe the context and highlights of the proposed demonstration, including a brief description of the demonstration scenario. The title of the proposal must begin with "DEMO:".
  • Posters: Submit a 1-page abstract of the poster. The title of the abstract must begin with "POSTER:".

Program Committee


  • James Frew - University of California, Santa Barbara
  • Paul Groth - VU Unviersity Amsterdam


  • Ilkay Altintas - San Diego Supercomputer Center
  • Eddy Banks - Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
  • Shawn Bowers - Gonzaga University
  • Remco Chang - Tufts University
  • Adriane Chapman - MITRE Corporation
  • Paolo Ciccarese - Harvard Medical School
  • Helena Deus - Digital Enterprise Reseach Insitute
  • Kai Eckert - Mannheim University Library
  • Todd Elsethagen - Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
  • Juliana Freire - Polytechnic Institute of New York University
  • Yolanda Gil - Information Sciences Institute, University of Southern California
  • Jose Manuel Gomez-Perez - iSOCO S.A.
  • Olaf Hartig - Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
  • Jan Hidders - TU Delft
  • Jane Hunter - The University of Queensland
  • H. V. Jagadish - University of Michigan
  • Qing Liu - CSIRO ICT Centre
  • Shiyong Lu - Wayne State University
  • Bertram Ludaescher - University of California, Davis
  • Marta Mattoso - Federal University of Rio de Janeiro
  • Deborah L. Mcguinness - Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • Simon Miles - Kings College London
  • Paolo Missier - Newcastle University
  • James Myers - Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • Paulo Pinheiro Da Silva - University of Texas at El Paso
  • Beth Plale - Indiana University
  • Satya Sahoo - Case Western Reserve University
  • Amit Sheth - Kno.e.sis, Wright State University
  • Eric Stephan - Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
  • Kerry Taylor - CSIRO ICT Centre
  • Curt Tilmes - NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
  • Jan Van Den Bussche - Universiteit Hasselt
  • Jun Zhao - University of Oxford


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