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Publication - Professor William Browne

    Intermediate notation for provenance and workflow reproducibility


    Michaelides, DT, Parker, RMA, Charlton, CMJ, Browne, WJ & Moreau, L, 2016, ‘Intermediate notation for provenance and workflow reproducibility’. in: Marta Mattoso, Boris Glavic (eds) Provenance and Annotation of Data and Processes: 6th International Provenance and Annotation Workshop, IPAW 2016, McLean, VA, USA, June 7-8, 2016, Proceedings. Springer Verlag, pp. 83-94


    We present a technique to capture retrospective provenance across a number of tools in a statistical software suite. Our goal is to facilitate portability of processes between the tools to enhance usability and to support reproducibility. We describe an intermediate notation to aid runtime capture of provenance and demonstrate conversion to an executable and editable workflow. The notation is amenable to conversion to PROV via a template expansion mechanism. We discuss the impact on our system of recording this intermediate notation in terms of runtime performance and also the benefits it brings.

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