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Exploring the Evolution and Provenance of Git Versioned RDF Data

Natanael Arndt, Patrick Naumann, Edgard Marx
in Joint proceedings of the 3rd Workshop on Managing the Evolution and Preservation of the Data Web (MEPDaW 2017) and the 4th Workshop on Linked Data Quality (LDQ 2017) co-located with 14th European Semantic Web Conference (ESWC 2017) (Editors: Javier D. Fernández, Jeremy Debattista, Jürgen Umbrich), 2017-05
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Abstract

The distributed character and the manifold possibilities for interchanging data on the Web lead to the problem of getting hold of the provenance of the data. Especially in the domain of digital humanities and when dealing with Linked Data in an enterprise context provenance information is needed to support the collaborative process of data management. We are proposing a possibility for capturing and exploring provenance information, based on the methodology of managing RDF data in a tool stack on top of the decentralized source code management system Git. This comprises a queriable history graph, the possibility to query arbitrary revisions of a Git versioned store and in the minimal granularity the possibility to annotate individual statements with their provenance information.