Curating identifiable data for sharing: The databrary project

Rick O. Gilmore, Karen E. Adolph, David S. Millman

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Video captures the nuances and dynamics of human behavior more cheaply and completely than other recording methods. Although the detailed fidelity of video provides significant potential for reuse, this potential goes largely unrealized because videos are rarely shared. Moreover, the large size of video files, diversity of file formats, and incompatible software tools pose technical challenges, and recordings of faces and voices pose issues regarding participant identifiability. The Databrary ( data library, based at NYU, has developed solutions for: securely sharing research video while respecting participants' privacy, storing and streaming shared video, and managing video datasets and associated metadata. Video data are big data, and interest in recording, analyzing, and sharing video for research, education, and policy purposes continues to grow. Databrary makes video data sharing convenient and attractive for researchers, thereby increasing transparency and enhancing the potential for discovery.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2016 New York Scientific Data Summit, NYSDS 2016 - Proceedings
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
ISBN (Electronic)9781467390514
StatePublished - Nov 17 2016
Event2016 New York Scientific Data Summit, NYSDS 2016 - New York, United States
Duration: Aug 14 2016Aug 17 2016

Publication series

Name2016 New York Scientific Data Summit, NYSDS 2016 - Proceedings


Other2016 New York Scientific Data Summit, NYSDS 2016
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityNew York


  • data science
  • data sharing
  • open science
  • video

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Information Systems
  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Computer Science Applications


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