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Provenance-Enabled Data Exploration and Visualization with VisTrails

by Juliana Freire, Emanuele Santos, and Claudio Silva

Tutorial given at the SciDAC Conference 2009


In this tutorial we discuss the benefits of provenance when combined with workflow systems to aid in data analysis and visualization. We show uses of provenance that go beyond the ability to reproduce and share results. In particular, we present recent techniques developed to enable knowledge re-use and to simplify the process of designing and refining workflows. Instructors will use the open-source VisTrails system and a series of examples from real applications to demonstrate how a provenance management platform can be used to streamline data analysis and visualization.

Supporting Material

Tutorial slides

Hands-On Tutorial

These are the applications and files used during the hands-on tutorial.


  • VisTrails (this version of VisTrails has not been released yet, so please use the links below for downloading)
  • Paraview with VisTrails plugin

Files (for all platforms):