August 23, 2014

Reference: Video Data-Sharing Library for Developmental Science Established

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From Penn. St. Live:

In the largest open-source video-data sharing project of its kind, behavioral researchers, digital library scientists and computer scientists are undertaking the creation of Databrary, a web-based video-data library sponsored by the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health.

To capture the richness of behavioral development and to understand its complexity, developmental scientists analyze behavior using video-recorded data — on average, 12 hours of video per week. Databrary aims to encourage widespread data sharing in the developmental and behavioral sciences where video is commonly employed, but rarely shared.

Databrary will enable researchers to store and openly share videos and related information about the studies. Researchers and clinicians can use Databrary to browse, download and re-analyze video data. The goal is to accelerate the pace of scientific discovery and make more efficient use of public investments in scientific research.

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Databrary will be the first large-scale, open data-sharing system that enables behavioral scientists to share and re-use research video files. The project is part of a series of “big data” and data science initiatives underway at NYU. The university’s Division of Libraries and Information Technology Services are providing infrastructure and curation support in a close partnership with the project.
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In addition to the web-based data library (databrary.org), the project also involves enhancing an existing, free, open-source software tool (datavyu.org) that researchers can use to score, explore and analyze video recordings. The Datavyu tool allows researchers to mine video recordings for new information and to discover previously unrecognized patterns in behavior.

Because videos contain faces and voices, Databrary will limit full access only to authorized researchers who have signed a written agreement with Databrary to keep confidential the identities of people depicted in stored recordings. People depicted in recordings must give written permission for their information to be shared.

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