CFP: International Provenance and Annotation Workshop (IPAW'06)

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International Provenance and Annotation Workshop (IPAW'06)
             Chicago, Illinois, USA
                May 3-5, 2006


This workshop is a follow-up to workshops in Chicago in October 2002
( and in Edinburgh in
December 2003 ( It will further
investigate the issues of data provenance, process documentation, data
derivation, and data annotation.

In scientific and business workflows, typically data is repeatedly
copied, corrected, and transformed as it passes through numerous
databases or services. Understanding where data has come from and how
it arrived in a database or filestore is of crucial importance to the
trust a user will put in that data, yet this information is seldom
captured properly.

The importance of provenance goes well beyond verification; it is
closely related to archiving and annotation, also important in the
context of scientific and business data. Moreover, it may be used in
data discovery. Knowing the provenance of a data item may help a user
to make connections with other useful data. Alternatively, a user may
want to understand a derivation in order to repeat it with modified
parameters, and being able to describe a derivation may help a user to
discover whether a particular kind of analysis has already been

Annotation is closely related to provenance. End users do more than
produce and consume data: they comment on it and refer to it, and to
the results of queries upon it. Annotation is therefore an important
aspect of communication. One user may want to highlight a point in
data space for another to investigate further. They may wish to
annotate the result of a query such that similar queries show the

Information for Authors

IPAW'06 encourages the submission of theoretical, experimental,
methodological, and applications papers related to the issue of
provenance and annotation. Papers should be no longer than 8 pages
(lncs column format). Submissions will be peer reviewed and selected
for presentation at the workshop; papers will be evaluated on the
basis of the quality of their technical contribution, originality,
soundness, significance, presentation, understanding of the state of
the art, and overall quality. There will be proceedings published
after the workshop (publisher TBC).

Submission instructions

To be added here.

Topics of interest

Topics of interest to IPAW'06, include but are not limited to:

    * models of provenance and annotation
    * applications requiring provenance, uses cases, methodologies
    * provenance systems, functionality, protocols, implementation
    * relationship between provenance, annotation and metadata
    * provenance-based reasoning and Semantic Web techonologies
    * relationship between workflows, processes and provenance
    * security considerations for provenance
    * scalability issues
    * granularity of provenance
    * legal issues relating to provenance
    * provenance, business processes and compliance

Important Dates

Submission deadline:             February 10, 2006
Acceptance Notification:       March 6, 2006
IPAW'06 date:                     May 3-5, 2006


Chicago, Illinois, downtown Sheraton hotel.

Provisional Programme Committee

    * Dave Berry, National e-Science Centre, UK
    * Peter Buneman, University of Edinburgh, UK
    * Ian Foster (co-chair), Argonne National Lab/University of Chicago, USA
    * Jim Hendler, University of Maryland, USA
    * Carole Goble, University of Manchester, UK
    * Reagan Moore, San Diego Supercomputer Center, USA
    * Luc Moreau (co-chair), University of Southampton, UK
    * Jim Myers, National Center for Supercomputing Applications, USA
    * Mike Wilde, Argonne National Lab/University of Chicago, USA

Received on Monday, 21 November 2005 22:07:27 UTC