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Modelling Provenance using Structured Occurrence Networks

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Paolo MissierORCiD, Professor Brian RandellORCiD, Professor Maciej KoutnyORCiD



Occurrence Nets (ON) are directed acyclic graphs that represent causality and concurrency information concerning a single execution of a system. Structured Occurrence Nets (SONs) extend ONs by adding new relationships, which provide a means of recording the activities of multiple interacting, and evolving, systems. Although the initial motivations for their development focused on the analysis of system failures, their structure makes them a natural candidate as a model for expressing the execution traces of interacting systems. These traces can then be exhibited as the provenance of the data produced by the systems under observation. In this paper we present a number of patterns that make use of SONs to provide principled modelling of provenance. We discuss some of the benefits of this modelling approach, and briefly compare it with others that have been proposed recently. SON-based modelling of provenance combines simplicity with expressiveness, leading to provenance graphs that capture multiple levels of abstraction in the description of a process execution, are easy to understand and can be analysed using the partial order techniques underpinning their behavioural semantics.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Randell B; Koutny M; Missier P

Publication type: Report

Publication status: Published

Series Title: School of Computing Science Technical Report Series

Year: 2012

Pages: 17

Print publication date: 01/04/2012

Source Publication Date: April 2012

Report Number: 1326

Institution: School of Computing Science, University of Newcastle upon Tyne

Place Published: Newcastle upon Tyne