Made for the research community, by the research community.
We are thrilled to launch Gorilla Open Materials, which provides access to materials made for the research community, by the research community.
What is it?
In a nutshell, Open Materials is an open-access repository within Gorilla where you can publish your experiments, tasks and questionnaires. This will enable other users to:
Gorilla Open Materials is our contribution to Open Science on the Gorilla platform. Researchers across the world will be able to view, inspect and clone the published experiments, tasks and questionnaires of other researchers.
We’re doing this to increase the transparency, accessibility and reproducibility of published research. As the repository grows, we hope it will also allow researchers to build on what has gone before without needing to reinvent the wheel.
How can Gorilla Open Materials help you?
Imagine reading the methods section of a paper.
While accurate, it’s often hard to truly visualize the study from the participants point of view. Minor details of the protocol are sometimes omitted from the description. And sometimes only a subset of the stimuli is shown.
Gorilla Open Materials gives you clarity. You can:
Imagine reading a paper and thinking “That’s great, but I wonder what would happen if I ran the experiment with this additional manipulation?”
Currently you’d either have to recreate the task yourself or contact the author for copies of their files. Worst case scenario, their PhD student has moved on and some of the files are lost to a hard drive somewhere. Or they used different software from the one at your department and you can’t access it. Or maybe it’s a different version of the same software.
Gorilla Open Materials saves you time. You can:
Remember, it’s free to sign up to Gorilla, and you can collect data locally at no cost to yourself. So, there isn’t the same barrier to entry as with other software.
Imagine setting up a study that needs the best possible tasks for a range of psychological constructs.
Historically, creating a task battery requires gathering materials from many different sources and replicating each of the necessary tasks. But, you can’t be sure that you’ve replicated all the usability elements of the original task. For instance, practice trials or visual design. Additionally, researchers have to make trade-offs between using a task with appropriate measure of reliability and validity, against the practicalities of replicating it in-house or buying it in.
Gorilla Open Materials promotes rigorous and replicable research.
See Gorilla Open Materials in Action
The Gorilla Open Materials Repository was launched on Tuesday 16th April 2019.
The following materials have been published for you to see our new service in action.
How do I get started?
Check out our How To: Open Materials guide to find out how to publish your materials.
If you have any feedback or ideas of how to make Gorilla Open Materials even better, please get in touch.
As always, our new features would not be nearly as useful or fully featured without input from our generous users and advisers. A huge thank you from us to:
Daniel C Richardson, Jenni Rodd, Suzanna Forwood, Eva Poort, Kyle Jasmin, Delia Furhmann, Alex Irvine