Model-based Abstraction of Data Provenance

TitleModel-based Abstraction of Data Provenance
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2014
AuthorsProbst C.W, Hansen R.R
Conference Name6th USENIX Workshop on the Theory and Practice of Provenance, Cologne, Germany
Date PublishedJune
PublisherUsenix Association

Identifying provenance of data provides insights to the origin of data and intermediate results, and has recently gained increased interest due to data-centric applications. In this work we extend a data-centric system view with actors handling the data and policies restricting actions. This extension is based on provenance analysis performed on system models. System models have been introduced to model and analyse spatial and organisational aspects of organisations, to identify, e.g., potential insider threats. Both the models and analyses are naturally modular; models can be combined to bigger models, and the analyses adapt accordingly. Our approach extends provenance both with the origin of data, the actors and processes involved in the handling of data, and policies applied while doing so. The model and corresponding analyses are based on a formal model of spatial and organisational aspects, and static analyses of permissible actions in the models. While currently applied to organisational models, our approach can also be extended to work flows, thus targeting a more traditional model of provenance.