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Title:Provenance Management in Curated Databases
Authors: Peter Buneman ; Adriane Chapman ; James Cheney
Date:Jun 2006
Publication Title:Proceedings of SIGMOD 2006 (International Conference on Management of Data)
Publication Type:Conference Paper Publication Status:Published
Page Nos:539-550
Curated databases in bioinformatics and other disciplines are the result of a great deal of manual annotation, correction and transfer of data from other sources. Provenance information concerning the creation, attribution, or version history of such data is crucial for assessing its integrity and scientific value. General purpose database systems provide little support for tracking provenance, especially when data moves among databases. This paper investigates generalpurpose techniques for recording provenance for data that is copied among databases. We describe an approach in which we track the user's actions while browsing source databases and copying data into a curated database, in order to record the user's actions in a convenient, queryable form. We present an implementation of this technique and use it to evaluate the feasibility of database support for provenance management. Our experiments show that although the overhead of a naive approach is fairly high, it can be decreased to an acceptable level using simple optimizations.
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author = { Peter Buneman and Adriane Chapman and James Cheney },
title = {Provenance Management in Curated Databases},
book title = {Proceedings of SIGMOD 2006 (International Conference on Management of Data)},
publisher = {ACM},
year = 2006,
month = {Jun},
pages = {539-550},
doi = {10.1145/1142473.1142534},
url = {},

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