Papers can be submitted to one of three tracks (IPAW, TaPP, demonstration and poster) at Furthermore, the Workshop on Provenance and Visualization solicits one-page abstracts that propose a topic or research question to be discussed at the workshop.


  • Provenance visualization, and human interaction with provenance
  • Provenance for big data and extreme computing
  • Provenance for attribution and trust
  • Provenance for transparency and accountability
  • Security and privacy implications of provenance
  • Provenance, social media, and the semantic web
  • Provenance analytics, discovery, and reasoning about provenance and its quality
  • Data sharing and data citation
  • Provenance of workflows and annotations
  • Standardization of provenance models, services, and representations
  • Provenance management system prototypes and commercial solutions
  • Applications of provenance in real-life settings
  • Theoretical foundations of provenance
  • Connections between provenance and established topics in other research fields (programming languages, security, software engineering, fairness, etc.)
  • Provenance-based audit and forensics
  • Design, performance and scalability of provenance systems


Authors are invited to submit original research work the IPAW track. This track solicits full research papers that describe mature, high-quality research on the topics of interest of the Provenance Week. Papers submitted to IPAW are expected to have some form of initial validation, such as a case study or preliminary experiments showing the feasibility of the proposed approach.

Papers must be:

  • not published or under review elsewhere
  • no longer than 16 pages + references
  • formatted according to the LNCS guidelines
  • submitted as PDF files to the IPAW track at:

Authors should consult Springer’s authors’ guidelines and use their proceedings templates, either for LaTeX or for Word, for the preparation of their papers. They also have a template available on Overleaf. Springer encourages authors to include their ORCIDs in their papers. In addition, the corresponding author of each paper, acting on behalf of all of the authors of that paper, must complete and sign a Consent-to-Publish form. The corresponding author signing the copyright form should match the corresponding author marked on the paper. Once the files have been sent to Springer, changes relating to the authorship of the papers cannot be made.

A proceedings volume will be published in the Springer Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS) series. Springer offers “Open choice” for authors who wish to provide open access to their papers.

Important Dates:

  • Abstract Submission: March 1st, 2021

  • Paper Submission: March 8th, 2021

  • Author Notification: June 1st, 2021


The Theory and Practice of Provenance (TaPP) is an annual workshop for developing and discussing new ideas and formulations in the rich area of provenance, and exploring the use provenance in applications. In its 13th year of running, TaPP is the workshop for emerging ideas and practical applications of provenance. In 2021, TaPP is divided into Research and Application tracks. The provenance community is very diverse and we hope the two tracks will encourage submissions on core provenance research as well as submissions that describe the use of provenance to enable novel applications. We therefore strongly encourage authors to contextualize their work with respect to these two tracks:

  • Research Track

We invite innovative and creative contributions, including papers outlining new challenges for provenance research, promising formal approaches to provenance, experiments, and visionary (and possibly risky) ideas.

  • Applications Track

We are introducing this year for the first time the “application track”. Application track papers need not to focus on novelty but should instead focus on innovative use of provenance and/or deployment of provenance-based solutions and/or open-source software. We invite authors to share insights, experience, and lessons learned when deploying provenance systems. We also encourage submissions describing datasets or tools that could benefit the community.

Papers must be:

  • not published or under review elsewhere
  • no longer than 8 pages (excluding references and appendix) following USENIX format.
    • Submitting shorter papers is not discouraged. Specifically, papers presenting visionary or preliminary ideas often tend to be shorter than the page limit.
    • Further, TaPP is a workshop primarily focused on the presentation of early-stage research papers. If the page limit would preclude a future full-length publication (e.g. to VLDB), please, feel free to submit a shorter paper. You may want to add the following mention at the end of your abstract: We limited the paper to 4 pages to allow a future full-length publication. This will be taken into account by the reviewers. This mention should be removed in the camera-ready version.
    • Please, note that the appendix may contain additional material as appropriate (e.g. extended proof, full evaluation break down), but it should not be essential to the comprehension of the paper.
  • clearly indicate as subtitle which track the paper is submitted to (i.e. Application Track or Research Track)
  • submitted as PDF files to the TaPP track on easychair.
  • The proceedings will be published by USENIX (open access).

Important Dates:

  • Abstract Submission: March 1st, 2021

  • Paper Submission: March 8th, 2021

  • Author Notification: June 1st, 2021

Demonstrations and Posters

ProvenanceWeek encourages the presentation of posters and demonstrations. Proposals for posters and demonstrations should be limited to a short description. For posters please describe the poster content and research problem. For demonstrations clearly indicate what is going to be demonstrated, the significance of the research contribution, and/or applications. Accepted posters and demonstrations will be presented during a separate session at the workshop.

Demo and poster proposals must be:

  • no longer than 2 pages
  • formatted according to the USENIX instructions:
  • submitted as PDF files to the demo/poster track at:

Poster authors are strongly encouraged to include an optional draft of their poster layout and content. This addition gives a clear idea to reviewers of what to expect and provides the opportunity for authors to receive feedback. All submissions should be in PDF format. Those who intend to show demos are also highly encouraged to submit a short accompanying video or other supplementary materials.

Important Dates:

  • Paper Submission: April 9th, 2021

  • Author Notification: June 1st, 2021

Workshop on Provenance and Visualization

The aim of the workshop is to encourage exchange between the provenance and visualization communities. During the workshop, we will introduce the latest developments in provenance analysis from the visualization community, and try to address research challenges that are relevant for both communities.

All Provenance Week 2021 participants are welcome to join. There is an option to submit a one-page abstract before the workshop if you would like to propose a topic or research question to be discussed at the workshop.

The workshop lasts half a day, and will start with a keynote by an invited speaker (to be confirmed). After that, participants will form groups to discuss a particular area or research question based on their shared interest. Finally, each group will report back their discussion results and collaboration plan after the workshop.

Important Dates:

  • Abstract Submission: June 8th, 2021

  • Author Notification: June 22nd, 2021

Submission Site

Papers are submitted using EasyChair.

Proposals for Workshops and Co-located Events

We are looking for a small number of original and high-quality events, which focus on novel and visionary directions for provenance. Such events should seek to welcome work in progress that is not prime for proper refereed publications.

Events that help broaden the community and increase its impact are particularly welcome. Examples of co-located events include tutorials, challenges, and discussions on specific topics. Co-located events should not issue formal calls for papers and should not have formal proceedings (since papers should be sent to IPAW or TAPP). Co-located events can be half a day or a full day.

If you are interested in organizing a co-located event at Provenance Week, please send an email to [bglavic] at [iit] o [edu] with:

  • event title
  • event aims
  • organizers
  • proposed format
  • duration
  • how it helps broaden community and increase impact

Important Dates:

  • Proposal Submission: February 1st, 2021

  • Notification of Acceptance: February 15th, 2021

ProvenanceWeek 2021

  • ProvenanceWeek 2021

Following successful past ProvenanceWeek events, ProvenanceWeek 2021 will again co-locate the IPAW and TaPP workshops as well as several satellite events that focus on novel directions for provenance.

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