Issues in Automatic Provenance Collection

Uri Braun, Simson Garfinkel, David A. Holland, Kiran-Kumar Muniswamy-Reddy, Margo Seltzer


Automatic provenance collection describes systems that observe processes and data transformations inferring, collecting, and maintaining provenance about them. Automatic collection is a powerful tool for analysis of ob jects and processes, providing a level of transparency and pervasiveness not found in more conventional provenance systems. Unfortunately, automatic collection is also difficult. We discuss the challenges we encountered and the issues we exposed as we developed an automatic provenance collector that runs at the operating system level.
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