Prov-a-thon: Practical Tools for Reproducible Science

Provenance information enables datasets that are linked to the software and analysis code that created them and used them in research. It allows users to trace new and ongoing uses of data, and provides rich information about the origins of data that ultimaltely supports reproducible research workflows. Prov-a-thon is a two-day workshop designed to advance practical approaches to incorporating provenance information into tools and workflows that are useful in earth, environmental, and archeological research domains.


Background reading

Lowndes, J. S. S., B. D. Best, C. Scarborough, J. C. Afflerbach, M. R. Frazier, C. C. O’Hara, N. Jiang, and B. S. Halpern. 2017. Our path to better science in less time using open data science tools. Nature Ecology & Evolution 1:0160.

Marwick, B. 2017. Computational Reproducibility in Archaeological Research: Basic Principles and a Case Study of Their Implementation. Journal of Archaeological Method and Theory 24:424–450.

McPhillips, T., Song, T., Kolisnik, T., Aulenbach, S., Belhajjame, K., Bocinsky, R.K., Cao, Y., Cheney, J., Chirigati, F., Dey, S. and Freire, J., 2015. YesWorkflow: A User-Oriented, Language-Independent Tool for Recovering Workflow Information from Scripts. International Journal of Digital Curation, 10(1), pp.298-313.

Cao, Y., Jones, C., Cuevas-Vicenttín, V., Jones, M.B., Ludäscher, B., McPhillips, T., Missier, P., Schwalm, C., Slaughter, P., Vieglais, D. and Walker, L., 2016,June. DataONE: A Data Federation with Provenance Support. (extended preprint) In International Provenance and Annotation Workshop (pp. 230-234). Springer.

Ludäscher B, Chard K, Gaffney N, Jones M, Nabrzyski J, Stodden V, Turk M, Capturing the “Whole Tale” of Computational Research: Reproducibility in Computing Environments, Science Gateways Workshop, San Diego, 2016.



Day 1: Thursday, August 31, 2017

0715 - 0800 Breakfast

0800 - 1000 Welcome and Overviews (Room: Tamaya ABC)

1000 - 1030 Break

1030 - 1200 Introductions and Lightning Talks (Room: Eagle AB)

1200 - 1300 Lunch

1300 - 1445 Provenance Tools I (Room: Eagle AB)

1445 - 1515 Break

1515 - 1700 Provenance Tools II (Room: Eagle AB)

Day 2: Friday, September 1, 2017

0715 - 0800 Breakfast

0800 - 1000 Breakout Groups: Archaeology (Room: Eagle A), Environmental Science (Room: Eagle B)

1000 - 1030 Break

1030 - 1200 Continued Breakout Sessions

1200 - 1300 Lunch

1300 - 1445 Continued Breakout Sessions

1445 - 1515 Break

1515 - 1700 Plenary: Reproducibility and Provenance for Science

Day 3: Saturday, September 2, 2017

0730 - 0800 Breakfast

0800 - 1100 Review, Reflections, Follow-up

1100 - 1200 Lunch (boxes)