Departmental Papers (CIS)

Date of this Version

December 2000

Document Type

Conference Paper


Postprint version. Published in Lecture Notes in Computer Science, Volume 1974, Foundations of Software Technology and Theoretical Computer Science, (FST TCS 2000), pages 87-93.
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The ease with which one can copy and transform data on the Web, has made it increasingly difficult to determine the origins of a piece of data. We use the term data provenance to refer to the process of tracing and recording the origins of data and its movement between databases. Provenance is now an acute issue in scientific databases where it is central to the validation of data. In this paper we discuss some of the technical issues that have emerged in an initial exploration of the topic.



Date Posted: 23 December 2005