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Databrary is a web-based data library that empowers researchers to store, manage, preserve, and share research videos with other scientists. We provide tools that encourage data management, facilitate open sharing, foster reuse, and accelerate discovery.


Dear Colleague,

Welcome to the inaugural issue of the Databrary bi-annual newsletter. We're delighted that you have decided to join our community. We hope that Databrary will accelerate the pace of discovery in developmental science by leveraging the resources and expertise of the entire developmental community. 

We will be emailing newsletters in the Fall and Spring. Each newsletter will update you on current events at Databrary, offer guides to help you explore site features, and showcase shared volumes.

Your feedback is extremely valuable to us. 
We are committed to continuously improving the site. Please contact us or join us for support hours.

We could not have come this far without your support. We thank you for helping us build a revolutionary, open way of conducting developmental research. 

Many thanks, 
Karen Adolph, Director
Rick Gilmore, Associate Director
David Millman, Co-Investigator

News & updates

Our Databrary community is growing

We have 259 authorized users at 160 institutions in the US and abroad. Click on the country map to see the full list of authorized institutions.
Databrary is on the road

Databrary is hosting workshops around the country to spread the word about video sharing and reuse. We hope that by bringing together researchers in each region, we will grow the community of researchers committed to using Databrary, thereby making scientific discovery faster and easier. 

Click below to see the slides and accompanying videos from prior workshops:

October 8th, 2015 Ninth Biennial Meeting of the Cognitive Development Society

November 20th, 2015Regional Workshop at Temple University in Philadelphia

We'll be hosting workshops at other universities and conferences, including AERA 2016 and ICIS 2016. 

To stay up to date on upcoming workshops, visit our news page.

Why do I need to get authorized? 

Databrary restricts access to researchers who are formally authorized by their institutions. Although our process differs from some other data repositories, institutional authorization strengthens the protections for participants and researchers. Institutions take responsibility for ensuring that their Authorized Databrary Researchers use shared data appropriately.

Every school is different, and the authorization process may take some time. We're eager to work with you and your institution to make the process go as quickly as possible. With our support, 157 institutions have authorized researchers for Databrary. We're confident that we can provide the support you need to get authorized. 

If you have questions about the status of your authorization, 
contact us.

If your authorization is pending...

Databrary has you covered!

While you're waiting to get authorized, you can:  

1) Browse publicly shared datasets and excerpts for teaching

2) Start amending your IRB protocol to include the Databrary release.

We've developed a template 
Databrary Release form that you can add to new or existing research protocols. It can be modified or customized to suit your specific needs. The release includes an assent script for use with children. You can use our template Databrary Release or create your own in any language or format that works for you.

We can help you with any step of the process. We've worked with many institutions and have seen the Databrary Release tailored in a variety of ways. Our team can work with 
you to:
  • Modify the language on your release
  • Amend your protocol
  • Work directly with your IRB to answer their questions

Contributor spotlight: William Fabricius 

Affiliation: Arizona State University
Databrary Member Since: 2014
Shared Volumes:
Tags: theory of mind, cognitive development, social behavior, mental processes 

Authorized Investigator, Bill Fabricius and his doctoral student, Christopher Gonzales, added the Databrary release to their IRB protocol in the middle of data collection. They used Databrary to upload and manage their videos as the data were collected. They shared their videos and other data as soon as they submitted the paper.

Click here to explore Dr. Fabricius' work on Databrary

Tricks of the trade

Databrary can make grant reporting easier

At Databrary, we provide tools that enhance research. To this end, we have developed an exciting new feature that will help you complete the inclusion enrollment table mandated by NIH and other funding agencies. Completing this part of your grant report is now only a click away!

After your dataset is uploaded to Databrary, the “NIH Inclusion Enrollment Report” option can be found under the display mode option pulldown. This works if you upload your data to Databrary as you collect it. You can decide to share later, but uploading the data as soon as possible will save you time and effort.

Click on this shared volume to check out this feature.

FAQs about Databrary 

Will I get credit if someone else uses my data
  • Of course! Users sign an agreement stating that they will acknowledge contributors by citing all Databrary resources they use. Databrary provides Digital Object Identifiers (DOI) and a standard citation format.

I'm ready to share! How to I get started?
  • You can start by amending your consent protocol to begin asking participants for their permission to share their data. Doing so does not obligate you to share your data, but it is less costly to ask participants at the time of a session than to ask them months or years later!

Can I use Databrary even though my study is not ready to be shared?
  • Yes! You can use Databrary to store your entire study while you're consenting your participants for release. You can decide to share your data when you're ready. You can also use Databrary for non-research purposes—to browse and see what your colleagues are up to, to learn experimental and coding procedures, to get new ideas & inspiration, and for teaching purposes. We encourage you to get authorized and to start exploring.

Do my participants have to agree to share their data in order to participate in my project?
  • No! Consent to participate is separate from release to share. Consent must be obtained before participating. Release to share can be obtained after the session so that participants know what was recorded. 

Can I share data that I've already collected?
  • Some investigators already ask research participants for permission to share recordings for research and educational purposes. If your consent forms have language that gives you permission to share participants' data, your IRB may rule that the language is comparable to sharing with Databrary Authorized Researchers. See the Grandfathering Data section of our user guide for more information.

My authorization is pending, is there anything I can do on the Databrary site?
  • Absolutely. As we help you get through the process, you can:
    • Browse shared datasets
    • Start amending your IRB
    • Prepare your database for contribution
  • Contact us and let us know how we can help!

Need help? Have questions? Contact us

We are continually updating our User Guide. Feel free to to check it out for more information. 

Otherwise, we're happy to answer your questions about authorization, obtaining permission for data sharing, using Databrary to manage and organize your data, and so on.

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