Computational Science – ICCS 2009

Volume 5545 of the series Lecture Notes in Computer Science pp 667-676

Managing Provenance in iRODS

  • Andrea WeiseAffiliated withCentre for Advanced Computing and Emerging Technologies (ACET), University of Reading
  • , Adil HasanAffiliated withEnglish Department, Liverpool University
  • , Mark HedgesAffiliated withCentre for e-Research, King’s College London
  • , Jens JensenAffiliated withScience and Technology Facilities Council,Rutherford Appleton Laboratory

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Nowadays provenance is an important issue. Provenance data does not only give a history of events, it also provides enough information to allow the opportunity to verify the authenticity of the data, as well as, determine the quality of the data. The data grid management system, iRODS, comes with metadata which can be used as provenance data. Currently, iRODS’s metadata is not sufficient for tracking and reconstructing procedures applied to data. In this paper, we describe the provenance needs of iRODS and we survey briefly current provenance and provenance enabled workflow systems. We describe an architecture that can be used to manage provenance in iRODS (and other systems) in a fault-tolerant way.