The PROV working group received a question from Mike:
My understanding is that an entity referenced in a PROV bundle (e.g. via wasGeneratedBy) must be in the bundle…but I do not wish to duplicate entity definitions through out my bundles. My entities are long lived and will exist in multiple bundles.
So lets say I have a resource for alarms which contains a list of all alarms my company monitors. If I turn off the alarm at
alarm/1, my understanding is that in PROV a new entity is created for the new state of
alarm/1. But in my actual data store, I don’t create a new record, I just toggle a flag.
So there is a disconnect between how my PROV looks and how my data looks. This is by design is my understanding. So I would have a new entity in my prov for the
alarm/1in the new state which is a specialization of
Ultimately, I want to display all of the provenance for
alarm/1so I can see its history from creation to invalidation. Am I going about this the wrong way?