Re: PROV-ISSUE-1 (define-resource): Definition for concept 'Resource' [Provenance Terminology]

Luc Moreau wrote:
> As a follow on to my previous message on resources, the wiki page [1]
> also makes the distinction between a resource, a resource state, a
> resource state representation.
> What is provenance going to be about?
> a. provenance of a resource?
> b. provenance of a resource state?
> c. provenance of a resource state representation?
> Does it make sense to talk about a? b? c?
> If so, what kind of "provenance statement" would be involved in a? b? c?
> Cheers,
> Luc
> [1]

I think it makes sense to talk about (a) and (c), but not generally about (b).

My rationale for this is that (b) is an intermediate construct that is used to 
explain the linkage between (a) and (c), but in general (as far as I'm aware) 
has no visibility exposed via Web architecture other than (c).


Suppose we have an RDF file describing zebras:

which contains statements referring to URIs

Provenance information about (r1) would be an instance of (c) - noting that in 
this case it would relate to the state of multiple resources.

Provenance information about the referents of (r2) and (r3) would be an instance 
of (a) - where they were born, who were their parents, etc.

(I can imagine situations in which one explicitly constructs and identifies a 
notion of resource state (e.g the state of health of a zebra), but I'd see that 
as a special case constructed by an application, not part of the general Web 
model.  But even in such a case, what would it mean to refer to the provenance 
of an animals state of health, as opposed to a record (representation) of its 
state of health?)


> On 05/20/2011 08:00 AM, Provenance Working Group Issue Tracker wrote:
>> PROV-ISSUE-1 (define-resource): Definition for concept 'Resource' 
>> [Provenance Terminology]
>> Raised by: Luc Moreau
>> On product: Provenance Terminology
>> The Provenance WG charter identifies the concept 'Resource' as a core 
>> concept of the provenance interchange language to be standardized (see 
>> What term do we adopt for the concept 'Resource'?
>> How do we define the concept 'Resource'?
>> Where does concept 'Resource' appear in ProvenanceExample?
>> Which provenance query requires the concept 'Resource'?
>> Wiki page:

Received on Tuesday, 24 May 2011 09:43:06 UTC