Promises and Challenges of Video Data Sharing: Perspectives from the Databrary Digital Library

December 4, 2015 (Noon–1 p.m.)


Child Development and Behavior Branch (CDBB), Division of Extramural Research (DER), NICHD


6100 Executive Boulevard, 4B01 Conference Room, Bethesda, Maryland


Karen Adolph, Ph.D. External Web Site Policy, from the New York University Infant Action Lab, describes the Databrary External Web Site Policy project, an open data library specifically for developmental science.

Behavior is infinitely rich. In natural and laboratory settings, children exhibit an extraordinary array of behaviors—visual exploration, facial expressions, speech, gestures, locomotion, and social interactions. Video captures much of this richness and complexity. Using a broad range of examples, Dr. Adolph will show how video makes the fleeting, ephemeral nature of behavior tangible and permanent. She will also discuss how researchers can use video to find the extraordinary in the most ordinary behaviors and, conversely, how to reveal hidden structure in the most extraordinary behaviors.

Indeed, because video is so rich, it can be reused to ask new questions beyond the scope of an original study. In this sense, all behavior is good behavior—valuable to other researchers and capable of yielding new insights into the causes and consequences of learning and development. Data reuse exploits the richness of video to increase scientific transparency, accelerate the pace of discovery, and facilitate understanding of the causes of health and disease.

These ideas motivate the Databrary project funded by NIH and the National Science Foundation, which enables video sharing and reuse among developmental researchers. With Databrary, the contribution of a particular dataset will no longer depend on the private activities of one researcher, but will instead benefit from the imagination of many researchers with different viewpoints. 

This presentation is part of the Advances in Child Development and Behavior Research Speaker Series, supported by the CDBB.

This event is open to the public, but seating is limited; please RSVP to Laureen Lee no later than December 1, 2015.

If you require a sign language interpreter and/or other reasonable accommodations, please contact Laureen Lee.


Laureen Lee, CDBB, DER, NICHD
Tel: (301) 402–5261

Please note: Views expressed during NICHD-sponsored events do not necessarily reflect the opinions or the official positions of NICHD, NIH, or HHS.
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