The rights and responsibilities of researchers (authorized investigators and their affiliates) and their institutions are explained in the following pages.

Our User Guide contains information for institutions and researchers about how to access and use Databrary.

All Databrary policy documents are posted in our policies section.

A variety of templates for asking for permission to share data, data management plans, talking to your IRB, etc., are available in our templates section.


Guiding ethical principles

Databrary's three guiding ethical principles embody the commitment that is expected of all community members.

As a member of the Databrary community you promise to:

  1. Treat Databrary data with the same high standard of care that you treat data collected in your own lab.
  2. Ensure that participants' wishes about sharing their data are respected.
  3. Take care in authorizing other people (affiliates and collaborators) and take responsibility for their conduct and use of Databrary data, just as you do in your own lab.

The Databrary Approach

Databrary strives to enable widespread video data sharing while protecting confidentiality and privacy. The Databrary approach consists of several components:

Asking Permission

If a video or other research data contain identifiable information, researchers must ask participants (or the participant's parent or guardian) for their permission to share this information with other researchers. Only if the participant agrees may videos or identifiable information be shared with other researchers. Databrary provides a template sharing release, similar to a photo release, that researchers may adapt for use in their own laboratories. Participants may choose to not to share at all, share only with other researchers, or allow a short excerpt or clip to be shared with the public for educational or scientific purposes, like a classroom lecture or research presentation.

Limiting Access to Authorized Individuals

Some participants may give permission to share their videos and research data with the public, but most will not. So, Databrary limits access to individuals who apply for authorization and receive approval for access on the basis of specific qualifications:

  • Affiliation with an institution involved in research or teaching (e.g., a college or university).
  • Training in research ethics.
  • Authority to conduct independent research.

Applicants must also promise to uphold Databrary's ethical principles, to follow practices that protect the identities of research participants, and to abide by Databrary's policies.

Researchers who meet these qualifications and receive approval from their Institution and Databrary will be given authorized investigator status. Students and trainees who conduct research under the supervision of an authorized investigator may be given more limited access privileges as an affiliate.

Authorized investigators or affiliates may access Databrary for educational or non-research purposes. Authorized investigators and affiliates promise to secure approval from their Institution in order to contribute data to or conduct research on data from Databrary.

Requiring Institutional Partnerships

Databrary requires that researchers seeking access to restricted information have approval from their home institution. Institutions verify the status of authorized investigators, supervise the research of authorized investigators, and take responsibility for the conduct of authorized investigators who access Databrary.