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After a successful publication of the PROV Ontology and related Notes (see PROV Overview for more details), this group has been closed on the 19th of June, 2013. For more information, related tools, etc, consult the PROV page of the Semantic Web Wiki, which is maintained by the community

Provenance Working Group

Mission: to support the widespread publication and use of provenance information of Web documents, data, and resources. The Working Group will publish W3C Recommendations that define a language for exchanging provenance information among applications. (See Charter)

Presentation - An Overview of W3C PROV

Working Group Finalized

This Working Group has now completed its work.


  • Want to comment or ask questions on PROV? use public-prov-comments@w3.org

News & Community


  • Our hashtag: #prov
  • Outreach Information - A catalog of our blog posts, tutorials, and other information on PROV from around the web (and BibTex to cite each document)
  • Semantic Web Activity Blog - news from related groups at the W3C

Community Support

A few pointers


The Working Group is based on an extensive review and roadmap developed by a prior incubator group.

The interested readers are invited to read the following documents:


See list of current participants, (or with contact info), wiki user pages, nicknames


Schedule / Agendas / Minutes

(Meeting minutes from the prov-o team are here)

earlier meetings

W3C Working Group Resources

Patent Policy

This Working Group operates under the W3C Patent Policy (5 February 2004 Version). To promote the widest adoption of Web standards, W3C seeks to issue Recommendations that can be implemented, according to this policy, on a Royalty-Free basis.

For more information about disclosure obligations for this group, please see the W3C Patent Policy Status Page.


Email the chairs and staff contacts at team-prov-chairs@w3.org.