Provenance and Context Content Standard

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Submitted Papers

  1. Downs, R.R., R. Duerr, Goldstein, J.C, Hills, D.J., Parsons, M.A., and Ramapriyan, H.K., “The Importance of Data Set Provenance for Science,” submitted to Eos Trans. AGU, January 2015. (Corresponding author: D. Hills)
  2. Downs, R.R., R. Duerr, Hills, D.J., and Ramapriyan, H.K., “Data Stewardship in the Earth Sciences,” submitted to D-Lib Magazine, March 2015. (Corresponding author: R. Duerr)

Drafts for possible PCCS articles:

  1. Science Article
  2. outline D-Lib article

Reference regarding crediting individuals for their roles in projects, product teams, etc. - (Esperanza Marcos, Juan Manuel Vara, and Valeria de Castro, "Author Order: What Science Can Learn from the Arts", Viewpoint, CACM, September 2012, doi:10.1145/2330667.2330680)

Latest Versions of spreadsheet and Derived Documents

File:Provenance Context Content 2011-06-08.xls

Introductory Notes to latest version:File:PCCS Intro2011-06-8.doc

NASA Earth Science Data Preservation Content Specification

First version of spreadsheet

File:Provenance Context Content 2011-03-01.xls

Notes on first version:

1. We have a column here to indicate the source identifying item. The idea is to keep track of it as long as it is needed, but when we agree to the list, eliminate the distinction.

2. The item number column shows the object number that NOAA uses. IN the case of items that came from NASA we don't have an item number.

3. We have grouped all items in the list into a small number of Categories: Ancillary Data, Instrument/Sensor Characteristics, Product Documentation, and Software. Here Product Documentation Category has a large number of Content Items in it. It may be useful to subdivide this Category, but we have not done it yet - we are open to suggestions.

4. The spreadsheet is simply alphabetically sorted, first by Category and then by Content Item Name in order to bring similar items together in the spreadsheet. Some merging and splitting of Content Items, and logical ordering may be needed.

5. We have included brief definition/description for each item, with rationale (why item is needed) and criteria (how items' goodness or completeness would be judged).

6. There is a priority column where there are many blanks, but we have put in H, M, L for some of the items.


  1. Winter 2012 Meeting - Merged with Next Steps and discussion from Planning Breakout: Media:PCCS_2012_ESIP_Meeting.ppt‎
  2. Winter 2015 Meeting: File:ESIP PCCS Status 20150108-Ramapriyan.ppt
  3. Summer 2014 Meeting (Hills, Duerr): File:03-PCCS-PhysObj.ppt
  4. Summer 2014 Meeting (Ramapriyan): File:ESIP PCCS Status 20140708.pptx
  5. Provenance Context Content Standard presentation: File:Provenance Context Content Standard 20110714.pptx

Use Case activities

ESIP is developing a collection of use cases related to the PCCS and the data lifecycle. For more information see the following wiki page: Use case Activities