The Community PROV Challenge is an experiment in idea gathering and infrastructure creation through community collaboration within the ESIP Lab.

Provenance is information about entities, activities, and people involved in producing a piece of data or thing, which can be used to form assessments about its quality, reliability or trustworthiness. Source:

Use and adoption of the W3C-PROV standard has blossomed over the last few years. The US Geological Survey (USGS) is interested in exploring how these new community-based provenance and annotation capabilities enhance scientific integrity throughout the  data lifecycle. To do this, the USGS has partnered with the ESIP Lab to find creative solutions to PROV challenges.

To learn more about the motivation behind the challenge, visit Sky Bristol’s blogpost here

How would YOU improve how W3C-PROV systems interoperate across agencies or institutions to enable a more complete picture of provenance?  We want your ideas!

The first part of the Community PROV Challenge is focused on idea gathering and idea vetting using the Ideascale platform. Anyone can submit ideas, vote on existing ideas, or add comments; we believe the idea gathering process will work best if we have participation across institution types and domains. Get started on Ideascale here!

You can also participate in our mini-challenge by using Twitter with the hashtag #CommunityPROV.  See our Rules and Guidelines Tab for details!

Rules and Guidelines

The Community PROV Challenge contest is open to all individuals. The Community PROV Challenge contains three components: Idea Gathering,Mini-challenges, and In-Person Workshops. The instructions on how to participate in the first two components are listed below.


Idea-Challenge: Prize: Full reimbursement of ESIP meeting attendance (transportation, lodging, food, registration).
Mini-Challenge: Prize: $500


  • Submit ideas, vote on existing ideas, or add comments to Community PROV Challenge Ideascale page.


  • Using Twitter, share a post using the hashtag #CommunityPROV. Start sharing NOW until July 22nd for a chance to win $500!
  • Your tweet should help spread the Community PROV Challenge by sharing your connection and excitement about it! How does your work with provenance improve data?
  • Sample Post:
    • Are my data trustworthy? Provenance has the answer! Join the #CommunityPROV challenge.


  • The idea-challenge will have two winners. Prizes will be awarded to those who submit ideas with the most up-votes and/or have the most participation points. The idea-challenge winners will be announced June 1.
  • If you are unable to accept travel as an challenge winner, you can donate your award to support student travel.
  • The mini-challenge will have one winner. The winner for the mini-challenge will be randomly selected via a random drawing at the ESIP Summer Meeting: July 25, 2017. Entries will be closed on July 24, 2017 at 3pm ET. You must be a US citizen to win. 
  • In order to be eligible for the random drawing, you must use the designated hashtag(s) (e.g., #CommunityPROV)
  • To be eligible, entries must use appropriate content – no foul language or trolling, and use only releasable, allowable, and appropriate imagery.
  • We will announce the winner for each phase in a Tweet from @esipfed, and then contact each winner offline for prize award details.

ELIGIBILITY NOTE: You must be a US citizen to collect either prize. 

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Idea Challenge

This year, the ESIP Lab will award two Community PROV Challenge participants full meeting travel, lodging and registration to the next ESIP Meeting. The prizes will be awarded to those who submit the most popular ideas, ask the right questions, and in turn, create unprecedented impact around provenance. See the Rules and Guidelines tab for more details.

Mini Challenge

Using Twitter, spread the word about the Community PROV Challenge using the hashtag #CommunityPROV.  Start sharing NOW until July 22nd for a chance to win $500! See the Rules and Guidelines tab for more details.

For questions about the Community PROV challenge, please join ESIP on Slack and post to #comm_prov_challenge.