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The PROV family of specifications is released

Posted by dgarijov on March 13, 2013

The PROV family of documents has been finally released yesterday (March 12) as W3C proposed recommendation (link to the official post) by the Provenance Working Group. This family of documents consists of 4 recommendations and 8 notes that will help you to describe how to model, use and interchange provenance in the Web.

So, where to start? I would recommend you to have a look to the PROV-Overview Note, which describes a high level overview of all the documents in the family and how they are connected together. If you just want to use the model then I would recommend you to take a look at the Primer Note, which explains the functionality of the PROV model with simple examples. The rest of the documents serve different purposes:

  • PROV-O, the PROV ontology (Proposed Recommendation), is an OWL2 ontology allowing the mapping of PROV to RDF.
  • PROV-DM (Proposed Recommendation), the PROV data model for provenance.
  • PROV-N (Proposed Recommendation), a notation for provenance aimed at human consumption.
  • PROV-CONSTRAINTS (Proposed Recommendation), a set of constraints applying to the PROV data model.
  • PROV-XML (Note), an XML schema for the PROV data model.
  • PROV-AQ (Note), the mechanisms for accessing and querying provenance.
  • PROV-DICTIONARY (Note) introduces a specific type of collection, consisting of key-entity pairs.
  • PROV-DC (Note) provides a mapping between PROV and Dublic Core Terms.
  • PROV-SEM (Note), a declarative specification in terms of first-order logic of the PROV data model.
  • PROV-LINKS (Note) introduces a mechanism to link across bundles.

These descriptions were prov:wasQuotedFrom the Overview.
I’ll try to create a post in the next days on how to add simple PROV statements to your web page.

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