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PrIMe: A Methodology for Developing Provenance-Aware Applications
Miles, Simon and Groth, Paul and Munroe, Steve and Moreau, Luc (2011) PrIMe: A Methodology for Developing Provenance-Aware Applications. ACM Transactions on Software Engineering and Methodology, 20 (3). pp. 1-42.
Provenance refers to the past processes that brought about a given (version of an) object, item or entity. By knowing the provenance of data, users can often better understand, trust, reproduce, and validate it. A provenance-aware application has the functionality to answer questions regarding the provenance of the data it produces, by using documentation of past processes. PrIMe is a software engineering technique for adapting application designs to enable them to interact with a provenance middleware layer, thereby making them provenance-aware. In this article, we specify the steps involved in applying PrIMe, analyse its effectiveness, and illustrate its use with two case studies, in bioinformatics and medicine.
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