Service Oriented Computing and Applications

Data provenance in SOA: Security, reliability, and integrity

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Due to the dynamic nature, such as services composition and evaluation, it is critical for a Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) system to consider its data provenance, which concerns security, reliability, and integrity of data as they are being routed in the system. In a traditional software system, one focuses on the software itself to determine the security, reliability, and integrity of the software. In an SOA system, however, one also needs to consider origins and routes of data and their impact, i.e., data provenance. This paper first analyzes the unique nature and characteristics of data provenance in an SOA system, particularly related to data security, reliability, and integrity. Then it proposes a new framework for data provenance analysis in an SOA system. Finally, this paper uses an example which illustrates these techniques. © 2007 Springer-Verlag London Limited.