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Data provenance for preservation of digital geoscience data

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Beth Plale
Beth Plale
School of Informatics and Computing, Indiana University, 919 E. 10th St., Bloomington, Indiana 47405, USA
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Bin Cao
Bin Cao
Teradata Corporation, 100 N. Sepulveda Blvd, El Segundo, California 90245, USA
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Chathura Herath
Chathura Herath
School of Informatics and Computing, Indiana University, 919 E. 10th St., Bloomington, Indiana 47405, USA
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Yiming Sun
Yiming Sun
School of Informatics and Computing, Indiana University, 919 E. 10th St., Bloomington, Indiana 47405, USA
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Published:
September 01, 2011

The first step in the preservation of digital scientific data is gathering enough information “about” a scientific outcome or data collection so that it can be discovered and used a decade later as easily as it is used at the time. Data provenance, or lineage of a collection, can capture the way in which a particular scientific collection was created, when, and by whom. Tools that automate the collection of provenance can reduce the burden on the researcher, and provenance data can be stored in ways that make the data more amenable to long-term preservation. We discuss the various dimensions of data provenance in data-driven geospatial science with the goal of conveying a good grasp of provenance collection, representation, and use. Our research in data cyberinfrastructure utilizes real-time observational data in on-demand weather forecasts, and we discuss this aspect as well.

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GSA Special Papers

Societal Challenges and Geoinformatics

A. Krishna Sinha
A. Krishna Sinha
Department of Geological Sciences, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Virginia, USA, and Adjunct Professor of Geology and Geoinformatics, Department of Geological Sciences, San Diego State University, San Diego, California, USA
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David Arctur
David Arctur
Open Geospatial Consortium, Wayland, Massachusetts, USA
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Ian Jackson
Ian Jackson
British Geological Survey, Keyworth, Nottinghamshire, UK
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Linda C. Gundersen
Linda C. Gundersen
U.S. Geological Survey, National Center, Reston, Virginia, USA
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Geological Society of America
Volume
482
ISBN print:
9780813724829
Publication date:
September 01, 2011

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