Published October 30, 2021 | Version 1.0.0
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The Great Ape Dictionary video database


We study the behaviour and cognition of wild apes and other species (elephants, corvids, dogs). Our video archive is called the Great Ape Dictionary, you can find out more here or about our lab group here We consider these videos to be a data ark that we would like to make as accessible as possible. While we are unable to make the original video files open access at the present time you can search this database to explore what is available, and then request access for collaborations of different kinds by contacting us directly or through our website.

We label all videos in the Great Ape Dictionary video archive with basic meta-data on the location, date, duration, individuals present, and behaviour present. Version 1.0.0 contains current data from the Budongo East African chimpanzee population (n=13806 videos). These datasets are being updated regularly and new data will be incorporated here with versioning. As well as the database there is a second file which contains the ethograms used for each variable coded, and a short summary of other datasets that are in preparation for subsequent version(s). If you are interested in these data please contact us. Please note that not all variables are labeled for all videos, the detailed Ethogram categories are only available for a subset of data. All videos are labelled with up to 5 Contexts (at least one, rarely 5). If you are interested in finding a good example video for a particular behaviour, search for 'Library' = Y, this indicates that this clip contains a very clear example of the behaviour.



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GESTURALORIGINS – Gestural Origins: Linguistic Features of pan-African Ape Communication 802719
European Commission