Use Cases

There are many ways to use Databrary. With it, researchers may:


  • Upload video and metadata for sharing and archival storage so that the data will survive in usable form indefinitely.


  • Enhance teaching by extracting video clips that illustrate an empirical or theoretical point and which can be shown to students.
  • Point readers and reviewers to video clips (or, if authorized, to raw video data) that illustrate procedures and findings.

Draw inspiration

  • View archived data for exemplars.
  • Reinforce the principles open scientific inquiry by verifying coding procedures, evaluating displays or apparatus, and assessing how a published study's conclusions were drawn.
  • Browse the database to stimulate ideas that lead to further research.

Conduct New Research

  • Expand sample sizes, run replication studies, examine cohort effects, and assess possible differences due to geographical location or population by using suitable data in the archive.
  • Integrate video across archived studies to create new datasets or to conduct meta-analyses on raw data or metadata.
  • Build on other researchers' codes to extend or transform prior analyses, promote further discovery, and return the results Databrary.
  • Score archived video for behaviors that were outside the scope of the original study and then return the results to Databrary.
  • Use archived video for new purposes in fields outside developmental psychology.

Build and Test Tools

  • Use archived data to test the performance of visualization, exploration, and analysis tools.
  • Use various tools contributed to the archive to enhance understanding of their own data.


  • Collaborate with like-minded researchers in another area of development to create corpora of data with shared coding schemes and other metadata.
  • Comment on datasets shared by others; add tags to help others mine datasets.