Cognitive Development Society 2015 Preconference Workshop

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Coding, Sharing, and Reusing Video Data with Databrary

Across age, context, and culture, children produce an extraordinary array of behaviors—speech, gestures, visual exploration, facial expressions, motor actions, and social interactions. Video captures much of the richness and complexity of children’s behavior. But most developmental researchers don’t take advantage of all that video has to offer. The Databrary project, led by Karen Adolph and Rick Gilmore, provides the software, cyber-infrastructure, and policy framework to fulfill the promise of video and thereby accelerate the pace of discovery in developmental science.

This free workshop will teach researchers—from principal investigators to undergraduates—how to exploit the richness inherent in children’s behavior by coding, sharing, and reusing research videos. We will show how Datavyu, a free video-coding tool, helps researchers to mine the richness of their videos. With the right tools, video coding can be easy, efficient, and enlightening. We will provide case study examples of how videos have been reused to address new questions beyond the scope of the original study or outside the purview of the original researchers. In addition to research studies, attendees will learn how videos can be reused as illustrations in teaching, to see procedures and methods, to verify coding rules, and to provide inspiration and satisfy curiosity.

Videos are valuable to other researchers and capable of yielding new insights into the causes and consequences of learning and development. Thus, we will urge attendees to consider openly sharing their videos among a community of like-minded researchers. We will describe how our policy framework alleviates concerns about participants’ privacy, how to obtain participants’ permission to share identifiable data and amend their IRB protocols, and how open sharing benefits the original data contributor with increased citations, attention, and prospects for federal funding. Attendees will learn how to use Databrary to manage their own studies and students, and to monitor progress in data collection and coding. Prior to open sharing, Databrary operates as a free, secure backup and lab server. Lab members and collaborators can easily access videos, which can be uploaded as they are collected. This “upload-as-you-go” functionality organizes and prepares appropriate videos for open sharing—only when the data contributor is ready—with merely the click of a button.

Throughout the workshop, attendees will get hands-on experience exploring Databrary's functionality and datasets. Attendees will leave with in-depth understanding about how to code, reuse, and share video data with Datavyu and Databrary.


Thursday, October 8, 2015


1:00 PM to 5:30 PM Eastern Time


Hilton Columbus Downtown (401 North High Street, Columbus, OH 43215)

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