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Principles of High Quality Documentation for Provenance: A Philosophical Discussion
Groth, Paul and Miles, Simon and Munroe, Steve (2006) Principles of High Quality Documentation for Provenance: A Philosophical Discussion. In: Proceedings of the International Provenance and Annotation Workshop, Chicago, USA.
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Computer technology enables the creation of detailed documentation about the processes that create or affect entities (data, objects, etc.). Such documentation of the past can be used to answer various kinds of questions regarding the processes that led to the creation or modification of a particular entity. The answer to such questions is known as an entity's provenance. In this paper, we derive a number of principles for documenting the past, grounded in work from philosophy and history, which allow for provenance questions to be answered within a computational context. These principles lead us to argue that an interaction-based model is particularly suited for representing high quality documentation of the past.
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