Capturing Provenance of Data Curation at BCO-DMO

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Shepherd, Adam
York, Amber
Schloer, Conrad
Kinkade, Danie
Rauch, Shannon
Biddle, Matt
Copley, Nancy
Haskins, Christina
Soenen, Karen
Saito, Mak A.
Wiebe, Peter
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Data Curation
Frictionless Data
Data management
Data repository
At domain-specific data repositories, curation that strives for FAIR principles often entails transforming data submissions to improve understanding and reuse. The Biological and Chemical Oceanography Data Management Office (BCO-DMO, has been adopting the data containerization specification of the Frictionless Data project ( in an effort to improve its data curation process efficiency. In doing so, BCO-DMO has been using the Frictionless Data Package Pipelines library ( to define the processing steps that transform original submissions to final data products. Because these pipelines are defined using a declarative language they can be serialized into formal provenance data structures using the Provenance Ontology (PROV-O, While there may still be some curation steps that cannot be easily automated, this method is a step towards reproducible transforms that bridge the original data submission to its published state in machine-actionable ways that benefit the research community through transparency in the data curation process. BCO-DMO has built a user interface on top of these modular tools for making it easer for data managers to process submission, reuse existing workflows, and make transparent the added value of domain-specific data curation.
Presented at Data Curation Network, May 15, 2020
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