We would like to announce that the submission deadline has been extended by a week. Also, due to the uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have made the decision to conduct ProvenanceWeek as a fully virtual event. 

                                Call for Papers
                             5th ProvenanceWeek
        8th International Provenance and Annotation Workshop (IPAW '21)
12th and 13th USENIX Workshop on the Theory and Practice of Provenance (TaPP '21)
            July 19-22, 2021, UNC Charlotte, USA (virtual event)



Provenance describes the entities and processes involved in producing or
otherwise influencing a resource. It provides a critical foundation for
assessing the authenticity of computationally derived results, enabling trust,
and facilitating reuse and reproducibility. Provenance provides insight into the
origins and derivation of data for data quality assessments, debugging and

Topics in provenance include capture, storage, usage, security,
interoperability, and applications. Of particular interest are the fundamental
problems that must be solved to make provenance a useful and usable
tool in the world today: What theoretical problems need to be solved? What
practical problems can we tackle? What lessons have we learned from real

Because of the COVID-19 situation, ProvenanceWeek 2020 was held as a 1-day
virtual event with brief teaser talks. ProvenanceWeek 2021 will bring together TaPP 2021 and IPAW 2021 as well as presentations by the authors of ProvenanceWeek 2020. For the 2021 edition, we will have a full event, held virtually.  

Continuing the first three successful ProvenanceWeek events in 2014, 2016, and 2018,
ProvenanceWeek 2020/2021 aims to provide a venue for both mature research
contributions and early stage research in the area of provenance, and to attract
a broad audience of researchers working on provenance techniques, researchers in
other disciplines that make use of, or apply, provenance techniques, and
participants from industry or government.

ProvenanceWeek 2020/2021 will feature two primary events organized into tracks, the
International Provence and Annotation Workshop (IPAW) track and the Theory and
Practice of Provenance (TaPP) track, and in addition, will feature a joint
poster/demo track and two satellite events: the 1st Workshop on Provenance and Visualization (ProViz) and the 1st T7 Workshop on Provenance for Transparent Research (T7).

Important Dates 

- Abstract deadline:                                 March 8, 2021 (extended)
- Paper deadline:                                    March 15, 2021 (extended)
- Demo / Poster deadline:                            April 9, 2021
- Author notification:                               June 1, 2021


The goal of ProvenanceWeek is to bring together researchers and practitioners
who are studying, applying, and advancing provenance in scientific and scholarly

Topics of interest for ProvenanceWeek include, but are not limited to the

* Provenance visualization, and human interaction with provenance
* Provenance for big data and extreme computing
* Provenance for attribution and trust
* Provenance for transparency and accountability
* Security and privacy implications of provenance
* Provenance, social media, and the semantic web
* Provenance analytics, discovery, and reasoning about provenance and its quality
* Data sharing and data citation
* Provenance of workflows and annotations
* Standardization of provenance models, services, and representations
* Provenance management system prototypes and commercial solutions
* Applications of provenance in real-life settings
* Theoretical foundations of provenance
* Connections between provenance and established topics in other research fields
  (programming languages, security, software engineering, fairness, etc.)
* Provenance-based audit and forensics
* Design, performance and scalability of provenance systems

Conference Organizers

- Tanu Malik (DePaul University, USA) - TaPP PC Chair
- Boris Glavic (Illinois Institute of Technology, USA) - ProvenanceWeek PC Chair
- Vanessa Braganholo (Universidade Federal Fluminense, Brazil) - IPAW PC Chair
- Thomas Pasquier (University of Bristol, UK) - TaPP PC Chair (2020)
- David Koop (Northern Illinois University, USA) - Poster/Demo Chair
- Thomas Moyer (University of North Carolina at Charlotte, USA) - Local Chair


Authors can submit papers to either the IPAW, TaPP, or demo/poster track of
ProvenanceWeek. Submission of the same or closely related work to both tracks is
expressly disallowed. The submission site for all tracks is:


IPAW Track Research Papers

Authors are invited to submit original research work the IPAW track. This track
solicits full research papers that describe mature, high-quality research on the
topics of interest of the Provenance Week. A proceedings
volume will be published in the Springer Lecture Notes in Computer Science
(LNCS) series. Springer offers authors the choice to publish their papers
as open access at an additional fee.

Papers must be:

- not published or under review elsewhere
- no longer than 16 pages + references
- formatted according to the LNCS guidelines

- submitted as PDF files to the IPAW track at: https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=pw2021

TaPP Track Research Papers

The Theory and Practice of Provenance (TaPP) is an annual workshop for developing and discussing new ideas and formulations in the rich area of provenance, and exploring the use provenance in applications. In its 13th year of running, TaPP is the workshop for emerging ideas and practical applications of provenance. 

In 2021, TaPP  is divided into Research and Application tracks. The provenance community is very diverse and we hope the two tracks will encourage submissions on core provenance research as well as submissions that describe the use of provenance to enable novel applications. We therefore strongly encourage authors to contextualize their work with respect to these two tracks:
1. Research Track
We invite innovative and creative contributions, including papers outlining new challenges for provenance research, promising formal approaches to provenance, resourceful experiments, and visionary (and possibly risky) ideas. 
2. Applications Track
        We are introducing this year for the first time the “application track”. Application track papers need not to focus on novelty but should instead focus on innovative use of provenance and/or deployment of provenance-based solutions and/or open-source software. We invite authors to share insights, experience, and lessons learned when deploying provenance systems. We also encourage submissions describing datasets or tools that could benefit the community.
Papers must be:
* not published or under review elsewhere
* no longer than 8 pages (excluding references and appendix) following USENIX format.
   * Submitting shorter papers is not discouraged. Specifically, papers presenting visionary or preliminary ideas often tend to be shorter than the page limit. 
   * Further, TaPP is a workshop primarily focused on the presentation of early-stage research papers. If the page limit would preclude a future full-length publication (e.g. to VLDB), please, feel free to submit a shorter paper. You may want to add the following mention at the end of your abstract: We limited the paper to 4 pages to allow a future full-length publication. This will be taken into account by the reviewers. This mention should be removed in the camera-ready version.
   * Please, note that the appendix may contain additional material as appropriate (e.g. extended proof, full evaluation break down), but it should not be essential to the comprehension of the paper.
* clearly indicate as subtitle which track the paper is submitted to (i.e. Application Track or Research Track)
* submitted as PDF files to the TaPP track at:
   * https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=pw2021
* The proceedings will be published by USENIX.

Poster/Demo papers

ProvenanceWeek encourages the presentation of posters and
demonstrations. Proposals for posters and demonstrations should be limited to a
short description. For posters please describe the poster content and research
problem. For demonstrations clearly indicate what is going to be demonstrated,
the significance of the research contribution, and/or applications. Accepted
posters and demonstrations will be presented during a separate session at the

Demo and poster proposal must be:

- no longer than 4 pages
- formatted according to the USENIX instructions:

- submitted as PDF files to the poster track at: https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=pw2021

- Poster authors are strongly encouraged to include an optional draft of their
  poster layout and content. This addition gives a clear idea to reviewers of
  what to expect and provides the opportunity for authors to receive
  feedback. All submissions should be in PDF format. Those who intend to show
  demos are also highly encouraged to submit a short accompanying video or other
  supplementary materials.


All Provenance Week participants are welcome to join the Workshop on Provenance and Visualization (ProvViz). The aim of this workshop is to encourage exchange between the provenance and visualization community. During the workshop, we will introduce the latest developments in provenance analysis from the visualization community, and try to address research challenges that are relevant for both communities. This year the workshop will feature a keynote talk by Associate Professor Bill Howe from the University of Washington.

T7 Workshop on Provenance for Transparent Research (T7)

This workshop aims to engage Provenance Week 2021 attendees in a focused conversation about how methods for automated provenance capture, storage, query, inference, and visualization can make research more transparent and the trustworthiness of results easier to evaluate, both by other researchers and by the public. In brief presentations speakers will propose actionable definitions of terms such as transparent, trustworthy, and traceable; identify needs of particular research communities and other stakeholders; prioritize desiderata for real-world system implementations; and highlight remaining research and engineering challenges. All workshop participants will be invited to comment and contribute their own definitions, priorities, and user requirements in real time via shared documents. The suggestions will be ranked by priority and degree of consensus during a final discussion, and the resulting recommendations and rankings included in a workshop report.


Peter Alvaro (University of California, Santa Cruz)
Belfrit Batlajery (University of Exter, UK)
Elisa Bertino (Purdue University, USA)
Khalid Belhajjame (Paris-Dauphine University, France)
Vasa Curcin (King’s College, London, UK)
Ashish Gehani (SRI, USA)
Muhammad Ali Gulzar (Virginia Tech, USA)
Zhen Huang (DePaul University, USA)
Kangkook Jee (University of Dallas, USA)
Michael Johnson (University of Southampton, UK)
Qing Liu (CSIRO, Australia)
Stefan Lue (Universität Konstanz, Germany)
Roly Perera (The Alan Turing Institute, UK)
Lukas Rupprech (IBM, USA)
Marta Mattoso (COPPE- Federal Univ Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Xiao Yu (NEC Laboratories America, USA)
Yulai Xie (Huazhong University of Science and Technology, China)


Andreas Schreiber (German Aerospace Center (DLR), Germany)
Adriane Chapman (University of Southampton, UK)
Bertram Ludaescher (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA)
Cláudia Bauzer Medeiros (UNICAMP, Brazil)
Daniel de Oliveira (Fluminense Federal University, Brazil)
Daniel Garijo (University of Southern California, USA)
David Corsar (Robert Gordon University, UK)
Eduardo Ogasawara (CEFET, Brazil)
Grigoris Karvounarakis (LogicBlox, USA)
Hala Skaf-Molli (Nantes University, France)
Jacek Cala (Newcastle University, UK)
James Cheney (University of Edinburgh, UK)
James McCusker (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, USA)
James Myers (University of Michigan, USA)
Jan Van Den Bussche (Universiteit Hasselt, Belgium)
João Felipe Nicolaci Pimentel (Fluminense Federal University, Brazil)
Luc Moreau (King’s College London, UK)
Luiz M. R. Gadelha Jr. (LNCC, Brazil)
Marta Mattoso (Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Paolo Missier (Newcastle University, UK)
Paul Groth (University of Amsterdam, Netherlands)
Pinar Alper (Luxembourg Centre for Systems Biomedicine, Luxembourg)
Seokki Lee (University of Cincinnati, USA)
Timothy Clark (University of Virginia, USA)
Vasa Curcin (King’s College London, UK)