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Easy Access to Provenance: an Essential Step towards Trust on the Web

by Tom De Nies, Sam Coppens, Ruben Verborgh, Miel Vander Sande, Erik Mannens, Rik Van de Walle, Danius Michaelides, and Luc Moreau

This paper describes the mechanisms involved in accessing provenance on the Web, according to the new W3C PROV specifications, and how end-users can process this information to make basic trust assessments. Additionally, we illustrate this principle by implementing a practical use case, namely Tim Berners-Lee’s vision of the "Oh, yeah?" button, enabling users to make trust assessments about documents on the web. This implementation leverages the W3C PROV specification to provide user-friendly access to the provenance of Web pages. While the extension described in this paper is specific to one browser, the majority of its components are browser-agnostic.

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Published in 2013 in Proceedings of the 2nd IEEE International Workshop on Methods for Establishing Trust with Open Data.

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@inproceedings{denies_method_2013,
  title = {Easy Access to Provenance: an Essential Step towards Trust on the {Web}},
  author = {De Nies, Tom and Coppens, Sam and Verborgh, Ruben and Vander Sande, Miel and Mannens, Erik and Van de Walle, Rik and Michaelides, Danius and Moreau, Luc},
  booktitle = {Proceedings of the 2nd IEEE International Workshop on Methods for Establishing Trust with Open Data},
  year = 2013,
  month = jul,
  pages = {218--223},
  doi = {10.1109/COMPSACW.2013.29},
  url = {http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/357089/},
}

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T. De Nies, S. Coppens, R. Verborgh, M. Vander Sande, E. Mannens, R. Van de Walle, D. Michaelides, and L. Moreau, “Easy Access to Provenance: an Essential Step towards Trust on the Web,” in Proceedings of the 2nd IEEE International Workshop on Methods for Establishing Trust with Open Data, 2013, pp. 218–223.
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Tom De Nies et al. 2013. Easy Access to Provenance: an Essential Step towards Trust on the Web. In Proceedings of the 2nd IEEE International Workshop on Methods for Establishing Trust with Open Data. 218–223.
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De Nies, T., Coppens, S., Verborgh, R., Vander Sande, M., Mannens, E., Van de Walle, R., Michaelides, D., Moreau, L.: Easy Access to Provenance: an Essential Step towards Trust on the Web. In: Proceedings of the 2nd IEEE International Workshop on Methods for Establishing Trust with Open Data. pp. 218–223 (2013).
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De Nies, T., Coppens, S., Verborgh, R., Vander Sande, M., Mannens, E., Van de Walle, R., … Moreau, L. (2013). Easy Access to Provenance: an Essential Step towards Trust on the Web. In Proceedings of the 2nd IEEE International Workshop on Methods for Establishing Trust with Open Data (pp. 218–223).
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De Nies, Tom et al. “Easy Access to Provenance: an Essential Step towards Trust on the Web.” Proceedings of the 2nd IEEE International Workshop on Methods for Establishing Trust with Open Data. 2013. 218–223. Print.

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