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At SR Research, we are keen to support open-access publishing as well as the sharing and distribution of research data. To play a small part in the promotion of free and accessible research, we have a blog post listing open-access journals that regularly publish eye-tracking research. Here, we provide a list of data repositories that allow researchers to store and share eye-tracking data.
Data Repositories with Eye-Tracking Data
There are thousands of data repository sites, so it can be easy to get lost in the weeds when searching for relevant ones. Websites exist that curate data repositories. FAIRsharing has a list of over 1000 data repositories, and re3data’s list is over 2000. Although these resources can be useful, at this point, the underlying descriptions of the repositories do not allow for complex and effective searches, so it’s not easy to track down specific repositories with eye-tracking data.
Here we highlight data repositories with a larger selection of eye-tracking data sets (as compared to some repositories which have one or two, e.g., openICPSR, GIN, etc.). If we’ve missed something that obviously belongs on this list, please let us know!
1. Open Science Framework
The Open Science Framework is part collaboration software, part data repository – and completely free and open access. People or groups can share and organize materials as well as choose what material to make public. For example, when you search for “EyeLink“, you’ll find data, scripts, graphs, and more. To get started, here are the results for an “eye tracking” search as well as “eye tracking” AND “data”.
This is another hybrid that blends a team collaboration platform with a repository to make data citeable, shareable, and discoverable. Datasets as well as other forms of information can be made public as evidenced with an “EyeLink” search. Here’s what pops up with “eye tracking” and “eye movements” searches.
Zenodo collects not only data but also software, videos, publications, and more. The content can be from any discipline. It can have positive or negative results, be published or unpublished, and be open access or not. Each upload gets a unique Digital Object Identifier, so all data is easily citable, trackable, and sharable. It has a substantial collection of eye-tracking datasets.
4. Harvard Dataverse
The Harvard Dataverse is a repository for open access research data and code. It hosts data for individuals, groups, journals and institutions. According to re3data, it has the largest collection of social science research data; however, it’s on the low side for “eye tracking” and “eye movements” hits.
5. UK Data Service
UK Data Service is obviously based in the United Kingdom. It’s funded by the Economic and Social Research Council and contains UK government data as well as scientific data. These are the hits when searching with “eye movements” and “eye tracking“.
Dryad is a nonprofit open access data repository – with a one-time fee for the data deposit. The data needs to be published or going for review in the scientific or medical literature. Here are quick links for “eye tracking“ and “eye movements” data.
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