Participation Information Sheet

Study Title: Public Provenance Repository

Researcher: Dr Trung Dong Huynh and Prof Luc Moreau

Ethics Reference Number: ERGO/FPSE/13296

Please read this information carefully before deciding to take part in this research. If you are happy to participate you will be asked to agree to the Terms of Service.

What is the research about?
This is a public repository for provenance documents. Anyone can contribute their provenance data to this repository. By providing this free service, we hope that you will donate your provenance data to the community and we will be able to build a corpus of real-world provenance data that anyone can use to advance their research and study of provenance.

What will happen to me if I take part?
You will need to register for a user account in order to upload your provenance documents to the repository. For this, you need to choose a username and a password and provide your email address (so that you can use it to reset your password in case it is lost or forgotten).
Once you have an account, you can start uploading your provenance documents to the repository. Please be aware that all documents contributed to the repository that are marked “public” will be publicly available to anyone who accesses the repository. You will, however, be able to later change or specify access control for each document and remove those that you no longer wish to share at any time.
Occasionally, we store the (anonymous) provenance network metrics of your documents (inspired by our IPAW’12 paper) for research purposes, but never the actual content of your documents (which can be removed from our server yourself at any time -- see below).

Are there any benefits in my taking part?
Provenance has been a very active research in recent years and by contributing to the repository you will make your provenance data available to the research community. We hope that this will lead to better understanding of real-world provenance (like yours) and help improve existing technologies or create new solutions for provenance applications.
In addition, you can use the repository to store your provenance data, share them with your colleagues or the public, convert your data to a number of formats, and visualise your data to explore it further.

Are there any risks involved?
As with any public data store, please make sure you check your data for any sensitive information before making it public (by uploading it to our repository). In any case, you will always retain control of the data. If you later decide the data is no longer suitable for the public domain, you can delete them from our repository yourself after logging on to the service.
In order to protect your personal information like your email address and password, all communications with the repository are automatically encrypted using the industry standard Transport Layer Security, which is supported by all modern web browsers. Your data will be stored on a server that is protected behind a firewall and can only be accessed by authorised staff from inside our network. Your password is never stored in plain text, and as a result, we cannot reveal your password in case it is lost or forgotten. You will need to use your email address to request a password reset.

Will my participation be confidential?
All the data you upload to the server will be private by default unless you choose to make them public. Your email address and password will always be kept private. If you want to keep your participation confidential, you can choose not to provide any information to the repository that can be linked to your identity (by choosing a generic username, for example).

What happens if I change my mind?
If you change your mind, you can log in to your account to remove any document you have uploaded. If you wish to completely delete your user account from the repository, please contact us using the details below.

What happens if something goes wrong?
Please contact us with your concern.
If you are not satisfied with our response, you can contact the University of Southampton's Research Governance Manager at 02380 595058, or via email to, to escalate your complaint.

Where can I get more information?
Please contact us with your questions.