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Karma Provenance Collection Tool
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Abstract: Provenance (or lineage, trace) of digital scientific data is a critical component to broadening sharing and reuse of scientific data. Provenance captures the information needed to attribute ownership and determine, among other things, the quality of a particular data set. Provenance collection is often a tightly coupled part of a cyberinfrastructure system, but is better served as a standalone ... View entire text
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Description: Download the Karma Provenance Collection Tool and access the user guide.

Description: Current procedures for capturing and disseminating provenance, or data product lineage, are limited in both what is captured and how it is disseminated to the science community. This proposal brings together a team of NASA and university researchers with expertise in NASA Earth science data systems, science algorithm development, and provenance collection/dissemination. This team, led by Michael Goodman, Deputy Manager for Earth Science Office at MSFC and manager of the AMSR-E Science Investigator-led Processing System, proposes to apply a proven provenance tool to the generation of NASA???s AMSR-E standard products, with an initial focus on sea ice products.

The team will utilize Karma, a provenance tool developed by Co-I Beth Plale at Indiana University. Karma is a provenance collection and representation tool designed and developed for data driven workflows such as those used to generate NASA standard products. Other team members include Dr. Thorsten Markus, Head of the Cryospheric Sciences Branch at NASA/GSFC, member of the AMSR-E science team and responsible for the science algorithms used to generate the AMSR-E Sea Ice products; and Dr. Rahul Ramachandran and Helen Conover at University of Alabama in Huntsville. Both have rich experience with metadata issues and Earth science software applications, and have been involved in NASA standards committees and working groups. This project will integrate Karma into the AMSR-E SIPS production environment.

The AMSR-E SIPS generates Level 2 and Level 3 data products from AMSR-E observations, which are key data sets for research in both the Climate Variability and Change and Water and Energy Cycle focus areas. An initial focus on Sea Ice processing will allow the project to engage the Sea Ice science team and user community in customizing Karma for NASA science data. Metadata gathered by Karma will be presented to the AMSR-E data community via an interactive web application.

Michael Goodman - PI, Marshall Space Flight Center

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Originators: Indiana University
Title: Karma Provenance Collection Tool
Provider: Indiana University
Edition: 3.2.3
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Use Constraints The Karma Provenance Tool is licensed under Apache License, Version 2.0 (the "License") ( The code is copyrighted and copyright owned by The Trustees of Indiana University. Karma is a product of the Data to Insight Center of Pervasive Technology Institue ( at Indiana University.
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Data Management
Data Sharing
Data Reuse

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IU/PTI/D2I > Data to Insight Center, Pervasive Technology Institute, Indiana University Supplemental Info
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Phone: 812-855-4373
Email: plale at
Contact Address:
Innovation Center
2719 E 10th St
City: Bloomington
Province or State: IN
Postal Code: 47408
Country: USA
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Distribution_Media: Online
Fees: No fees
Phone: 812-855-4373
Email: plale at
Contact Address:
Innovation Center
2719 E 10th St
City: Bloomington
Province or State: IN
Postal Code: 47408
Country: USA
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Creation and Review Dates
SERF Creation Date: 2013-05-16
SERF Last Revision Date: 2013-05-22
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