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One of the requests outlined in the blog that described the impetuous for this challenge (http://testbed.esipfed.org/node/9350) was the need to connect annotations made by authors and provenance. hypothes.is is an annotation tool for web documents that supports the W3C annotation specifications. It would be interesting to extend that tool with the ability to generate PROV provenance statements and also allow annotators ...more »
Currently, most provenance is generated by automated systems. Many times provenance is actually known by users, authors or others. What is needed is a nice user friendly tools to allow people easily connect a the paper to its data, data to its author, papers to experiments, etc. This would leverage the growing persistent identifier space to connect all these artifacts.
This is similar to Tom Narrock's idea but instead of focusing on visualization, create a website that would build nice looking dashboards or generate reports based on submitted provenance traces from various institutions and agencies.
This could build on what was done by the https://data.globalchange.gov to provide provenance underlying all the evidence in their reports.
Currently, getting started with generating PROV from applications is difficult. Applications need to be tailored to use PROV or people have to adopt workflow systems or know about systems like SPADE (https://github.com/ashish-gehani/spade/wiki). Systems like ReproZip (https://reprozip.readthedocs.io) provide container packaging for experiments run an the shell command. It would be good to provide a container (i.e. docker ...more »