PROV is a rich vocabulary that was designed to tackle a variety of use cases. The Provenance Working Group worked really hard to design PROV to facilitate its adoption. In our book, Paul and I provide many recipes to design, deploy, and use provenance in the context of a complex data journalism scenario.
However, we argue that identifying a resource, exposing its authors with attribution, and expressing what it is derived from, already goes a long way towards a provenance-enabled Web.
“A little provenance goes a long way“
How could “we eat our own dog food” and express the provenance of this quote?
Simple, with the following Turtle snippet:
@prefix prov: <http://www.w3.org/ns/prov#>. @prefix provbook: <http://www.provbook.org/>. provbook:a-little-provenance-goes-a-long-way a prov:Entity; prov:value "A little provenance goes a long way"; prov:wasAttributedTo provbook:Paul ; prov:wasAttributedTo provbook:Luc ; prov:wasDerivedFrom <http://www.cs.rpi.edu/~hendler/LittleSemanticsWeb.html>.
We have identified the quote, with url http://www.provbook.org/a-little-provenance-goes-a-long-way. For convenience, we provided a copy of the quote itself (using property prov:value). We identified Paul and myself as the authors. And finally, we gave credit to Jim, by indicating that our quote was inspired by his: this notion is called Derivation, and is expressed with the property wasDerivedFrom.
All these statements can be represented graphically. Yellow ellipses represent entities whereas orange pentagons represent agents in PROV; agents here are the authors of the quote.
Apply this motto in your own context, and publish simple provenance statements about your resources. Really, a little provenance goes a long way …
Cross posted from http://blog.provbook.org/2013/10/11/a-little-provenance-goes-a-long-way/