Provenance: Where did this data come from?
Dr Kerry Taylor
Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO),
Wednesday 4 March
13:00 – 14:00
Watts Building Room 512
Seminar hosted by Gem Stapleton
With the rapid rise of cyber infrastructures and open research data initiatives, there is an urgent need for the development of tools, methods and standards for provenance. Scientists are asking whether they can use and trust data produced by others, and part of the answer relies on understanding how that data was produced. The new W3C PROV-O ontology raises the expectations for interoperable provenance records and many widely used workflow engines already log provenance throughout the execution of a scientific workflow.
After a substantial review of drivers and requirements for scientific provenance, we are developing two tools that I will present. The first is a Capability Model for Provenance--that supports the development of requirements for new provenance projects and the benchmarking of existing tools for their solution to requirements in a provenance life-cycle. The second is an ontology-based tool to exploit provenance -- aiming to return investment on provenance capture by exploiting provenance as a long-term, cross-disciplinary or cross-technology knowledge base of how science is done.
Kerry Taylor is currently a research group leader in CSIRO, Canberra, Australia. She holds a PhD in Computer Science and Information Technology from the Australian National University for her research in machine learning, and a Bachelor of Science (Honours 1) in Computer Science from the University of New South Wales. She has worked as a computer science researcher, practitioner and teacher in Australia, Canada and the UK, developing software systems for application in scientific research, financial research, library management, business management and publishing. Her research has focused on environmental information systems, particularly on supporting integrated access to heterogeneous information sources using methods founded in formal logic.
Kerry co-chaired the W3C Incubator Group on Semantic Sensor Networks, usually co-chairs the Semantic Sensor Networks workshop at the International Semantic Web Conference, was the Organising Chair of the International Semantic Web Conference in 2013 and is Chair of the Australasian Semantic Web Conference Steering Committee. She is co-chairing the European Semantic Web Conference 2014 track on mobile web, sensors and semantic streams. Kerry is collaborating with Visual Modelling Group at Brighton because she wants to be able to use ontology visualisations in the difficult work of ontology development.