A provenance maturity model

Kerry Taylor, Robert Woodcock, Susan Cuddy, Peter Thew, David Lemon

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    The history of a piece of information is known as “provenance”. From extensive interactions with hydro-and geo-scientists in Australian science agencies we found both widespread demand for provenance and widespread confusion about how to manage it and how to develop requirements for managing it. We take inspiration from the well-known software development Capability Maturity Model to design a Maturity Model for provenance management that we call the PMM. The PMM can be used to assess the state of existing practices within an organisation or project, to benchmark practices and existing tools, to develop requirements for new provenance projects, and to track improvements in provenance management across an organisational unit. We present the PMM and evaluate it through application in a workshop of scientists across three data-intensive science projects. We find that scientists recognise the value of a structured approach to requirements elicitation that ensures that aspects are not overlooked.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationEnvironmental Software Systems
    Subtitle of host publicationInfrastructures, Services and Applications - 11th IFIPWG5.11 International Symposium, ISESS 2015, Proceedings
    EditorsRalf Denzer, Robert M. Argent, Gerald Schimak, Jiří Hřebíček
    PublisherSpringer New York LLC
    ISBN (Electronic)9783319159935
    Publication statusPublished - 2015
    Event11th IFIP WG 5.11 International Symposium on Environmental Software Systems, ISESS 2015 - Melbourne, Australia
    Duration: 25 Mar 201527 Mar 2015

    Publication series

    NameIFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology
    ISSN (Print)1868-4238
    ISSN (Electronic)1868-422X


    Conference11th IFIP WG 5.11 International Symposium on Environmental Software Systems, ISESS 2015


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