openprovenance.org Relaunched

It is my pleasure to announce the relaunch of openprovenance.org, the site for standard-based provenance solutions.

With our move to King’s College London, Dong and I have migrated the provenance services from Southampton to King’s. I am pleased to announce the launch of the following services at openprovenance.org:

  • ProvStore, the provenance repository that enables users to store, share, browse and manage provenance documents. ProvStore is available from https://openprovenance.org/store/.
  • A translator capable of converting between different representations of PROV, including visual representations of PROV in SVG. The translator service can be found at https://openprovenance.org/services/view/translator.
  • A validator service that checks provenance documents against the constraints defined in prov-constraints. Such a service can detect logically inconsistent provenance. An example of such inconsistency is when an activity is said to have started after it ended, or when something is being used before it was even created. The validator is hosted at https://openprovenance.org/services/view/validator.
  • A template expansion service facilitates a declarative approach to provenance generation, in which the shape of provenance can be defined by a provenance document containing variables, acting as placeholders for values. When provided with a set of bindings associating variables to values, the template expansion service generates a provenance document. The template expansion service lives at https://openprovenance.org/services/view/expander.

The Southampton services will be decommissioned shortly. If you have data in the old provenance store, we provide a procedure for you to download your provenance documents from the old store, and to upload them at openprovenance.org. In the age of GDPR, you will have to sign up for the new provenance store and accept its terms and conditions.

While the look and feel of the services may look quite similar, under the bonnet, there have been significant changes.

  • We have adopted a micro-service architecture for our services, allowing them to be composed in interesting ways. Services are deployed in Docker containers, facilitating their redeployment and enabling their configurability. We are also investigating other forms of licensing that would allow the services to be deployed elsewhere, allowing the host to have full control over access, storage and management. (Contact us if this is of interest to you.)
  • We have adopted Keycloak for identity management and access control for our existing and future micro-services. This offers an off-the-shelf solution for managing identities and obtaining consent. A single registration for all our services will now be possible.

As before, the above services are powered by some open source libraries, which can also be found from openprovenance.org. ProvToolbox is a Java toolkit for processing provenance; it is available from http://lucmoreau.github.io/ProvToolbox/. Likewise, Prov Python is a toolkit for processing provenance in Python and can be found at https://pypi.org/project/prov/.

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