Towards Provenance Aware Comment Tracking for Web Applications

Provenance has been demonstrated as an important component in web applications such as mashups, as a means of resolving user questions. However, such provenance may not be usable by all members of a given applications user base. In this paper, we discuss how crowdsourcing could be employed to allow individual users to get questions answered by the greater user base. We begin by discussing a technology-agnostic model for incorporating Provenance Aware Comment Trackers (PACTs) into web applications. Following this, we present an example of a PACT-extended application with accompanying two accompanying use cases.

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The Inference Web is a Semantic Web based knowledge provenance infrastructure that supports interoperable explanations of sources, assumptions, learned information, and answers as an enabler for trust.