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Data Provenance

Data provenance can be defined as the origins, custody, and ownership of research data. Because datasets are used and reformulated or reworked to create new data, provenance is important to trace newly designed or repurposed data back to their original datasets. The concept of provenance guarantees that data creators are held accountable for their work, and provides a chain of information where data can be tracked as researchers use other researchers’ data and adapt it for their own purposes.