• Video is essential for reproducible behavioral science
    • Even where video is not the primary raw data
  • Databrary specializes in storing and sharing research video
  • Video is identifiable, but it can be shared
  • All behavioral scientists should collect and share videos of their research

Is behavioral science reproducible?

Why we're unsure

  • Behavior rich, complex
  • Numeric, text-based measures reduce that complexity
  • Video captures and preserves it

Why we're unsure

  • Replications can fail due to methodological differences
  • Methods sections can't possibly report essential details
  • Video captures and preserves it

A reproducible behavioral science must

  • Video record all tasks, measures, and behaviors
  • Share the recordings
  • Share all questionnaires, tasks, displays
  • Share statistical, computational, data workflows
  • Prepare to share from the beginning
  • Seek permission to share data makes this possible

  • Digital data library specialized for research video
  • Video/audio + participant/context metadata
  • Share displays, materials, text-based data files
  • Restricted access for research/educational use
  • Policy framework for sharing identifiable data
  • Developmental focus, but not exclusive

How Databrary overcomes barriers to sharing video

  • Policies for sharing identifiable video data
  • Tools for reproducibly coding video
  • Tools for "active curation" == during data collection


  • Restrict access to authorized researchers (& affiliates)
  • Seek permission to share data from participants

Standardized release levels

Tools for coding video

  • Raw research video must be coded
  • Datavyu a free, open source coding tool
  • Add codes, annotations time-locked to video segments
  • Turn behavior into quantifiable data
  • Ruby API for scripting reproducible workflows

Curating data as it is collected

  • After-the-fact curation burdensome
  • Databrary organizes, shares, standardized participant metadata
  • Sharing based on
    • user access level
    • participant permission

(Adolph 2013)