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BACKGROUND : Beyond their specific experiment, video records of behavior have future value-for example, as inputs for new experiments or for yet unknown types of analysis of behavior-similar to tissue or blood sample banks in life sciences where clinically derived or otherwise well-described experimental samples are stored to be available for some unknown potential future purpose.

FINDINGS : Research using an animal model of obsessive-compulsive disorder employed a standardized paradigm where the behavior of rats in a large open field was video recorded for 55 minutes on each test. From 43 experiments, there are 19,976 such trials that amount to over 2 years of continuous recording. In addition to videos, there are 2 video-derived raw data objects: XY locomotion coordinates and plots of animal trajectory. To motivate future use, the 3 raw data objects are annotated with a general schema-one that abstracts the data records from their particular experiment while providing, at the same time, a detailed list of independent variables bearing on behavioral performance. The raw data objects are deposited as 43 datasets but constitute, functionally, a library containing 1 large dataset.

CONCLUSIONS : Size and annotation schema give the library high reuse potential: in applications using machine learning techniques, statistical evaluation of subtle factors, simulation of new experiments, or as educational resource. Ultimately, the library can serve both as the seed and as the test bed to create a machine-searchable virtual library of linked open datasets for behavioral performance in defined conditions.

Szechtman Henry, Dvorkin-Gheva Anna, Gomez-Marin Alex


animal model of obsessive compulsive disorder, behavioral sensitization, brain lesion treatments, chronic drug treatments, exploration, large dataset, male rats Long-Evans, open field, repeated testing, video recording