Using shared data

The materials and data on Databrary are intended to accelerate discovery. The Databrary Access Agreement and Annexes and the Terms and Conditions of Use provide formal guidance about policies related to contributing and using data. Here are some recommended best practices for re-using data on the system:

  • Consider how you intend to use the materials. Pre-research uses (e.g., evaluating the feasibility of a coding scheme on a handful of videos) and non-research (e.g. showing a clip in class) may not requre IRB or ethics board approval. Research uses almost always require ethics board or IRB approval. Consult your institution's ethics board or IRB to determine whether your intended use is or isn't research, and proceed accordingly. Note: Most of the data shared on Databrary are consistent with broad consent, meaning that participants or parents have given permission for unspecified future uses of the data.
  • Follow the sharing release levels indicated for each file. Some data on Databrary are public, () and may be used for a broad range of non-commercial purposes. Other data are shared with learning audiences (). These data permit an authorized user to show clips or excerpts in public settings like classrooms and talks. Still other data are shared with authorized users (). These data may be used for research purposes in a lab context, for example, but clips or excerpts may not be shown in public settings.
  • If you download and use materials from Databrary, you are not required to seek permission from the researchers who uploaded the data originally. However, you may choose to contact those researchers as a courtesy.
  • Follow institutional guidelines and best data security practices when planning where to download and store data from Databrary.
  • Consider carefully who will access downloaded data. Authorized Investigators are responsible for selecting, training, and supervising the activity of the people who will access data downloaded from Databrary.
  • If you use materials from Databrary, you should cite them using the citation provided.

Feel free to email us at [email protected] with any questions about these recommendations or your specific use cases.