A Core Calculus for Provenance

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A Core Calculus for Provenance
Provenance is an increasing concern due to the revolution in sharing and processing scientific data on the Web and in other computer systems. It is proposed that many computer systems will need to become provenance-aware in order to provide satisfactory accountability, reproducibility, and trust for scientific or other high-value data. To date, there is not a consensus concerning appropriate formal models or security properties for provenance. In previous work, we introduced a formal framework for provenance security and proposed formal definitions of properties called disclosure and obfuscation. This paper develops a core calculus for provenance in programming languages. Whereas previous models of provenance have focused on special-purpose languages such as workflows and database queries, we consider a higher-order, functional language with sums, products, and recursive types and functions. We explore the ramifications of using traces based on operational derivations for the purp...
Umut A. Acar, Amal Ahmed, James Cheney, Roly Perer
Added 25 Apr 2012
Updated 25 Apr 2012
Type Journal
Year 2012
Where POST
Authors Umut A. Acar, Amal Ahmed, James Cheney, Roly Perera
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