The Transparency Project
Division on Addiction, The Cambridge Health Alliance, a teaching affiliate of Harvard Medical School
The Transparency Project: A Data Repository for Privately-Funded Research
Welcome from the Curators
On behalf of the Division on Addictions, we welcome you to the Transparency Project! We are excited to launch this new and defining initiative. We intend this website to become an active and important source of information for researchers and others who are interested in advancing addiction-related research and the public health.
Howard J. Shaffer
Debi A. LaPlante
This is the first ever public data repository for privately-funded datasets, such as industry-funded data, specifically related to addictive behavior (e.g., alcohol and other drugs, intemperate gambling, excessive shopping, etc.). The Division on Addictions created this repository to promote transparency for privately-funded science and better access to scientific information.
All Transparency Project datasets have been de-identified according to HIPAA regulations. Transparency Project datasets must be IRB approved for posting in the Transparency Project database repository.
The Transparency Project makes available datasets collected by
multidisciplinary addiction researchers working throughout the world. The
Division on Addictions encourages the external contribution of
addiction-related research data for this project, and will continue to add
its own datasets to the repository.
The Transparency Project aims to collect and archive high quality addiction-related privately-funded data from around the world. The purpose of this project is to make data available to scientists so that they can advance the available empirical evidence and knowledge base about addiction.
Scientific information often is locked away in scientific journals, which tend to have limited accessibility. The Division on Addictions has a long history of making science publicly available beyond professional journals and other similar publications. For instance, the Division publication, The BASIS (www.basisonline.org), provides each week, free summaries of scientific articles related to multiple expressions of addiction. We seek to advance our efforts by taking one step further and providing, via the Transparency Project, easy access to the source of many of those scientific articles. We believe that this effort is both publicly responsible and ethically desirable. Industry-funded scientific studies have often come under scrutiny by researchers, advocates, the media, and the public. The unfortunate history of tampering with science by scientific sponsors created this atmosphere of distrust. We seek to improve this complex situation by increasing accessibility to privately-funded data. It is our hope that this increased access will provide the impetus for the development of public-private research partnerships and simultaneously advance what we know about addictive behavior.
Announcements and Updates about The Transparency Project
To view the publication from the datasets below please click here to request the password.
Planzer, S., Gray, H. M. & Shaffer, H. J. (2014). Associations between national gambling policies and disordered gambling prevalence rates within Europe. International Journal of Law and Psychiatry 2/37, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ijlp.2013.11.002
Braverman, J., LaPlante, D. A., Nelson. S. E., & Shaffer, H. J. (in press). Using Cross-game Behavioral Markers for Early Identification of High-risk Internet Gamblers. Psychology of Addiction Behavior
Gray, H.M., LaPlante, D. A., & Shaffer, H. J. (2010). Behavioral characteristics of Internet gamblers who trigger corporate responsible gambling interventions. Psychology of Addictive Behavior
Braverman, J., & Shaffer, H. J. (2010). How Do Gamblers Start Gambling: Identifying Behavioural Markers for High-risk Internet Gambling. European Journal of Public Health, DOI:10.1093/eurpub/ckp232, 1 - 6.
LaBrie, R. A., LaPlante, D. A., Nelson, S. E., Schumann, A., & Shaffer, H. J. (2007). Assessing the playing field: A prospective longitudinal study of Internet sports gambling behavior. Journal of Gambling Studies, 23, 347-362. (Password Protected)
The "Sitting at the Virtual Poker Table: February 2005 through February 2007" codebook and datasets are available for download.
LaPlante, D. A., Kleschinsky, J., LaBrie, R. A., Nelson, S. E., & Shaffer, H. J. (2009). Sitting at the Virtual Poker Table: A Prospective Epidemiological Study of Actual Internet Poker Gambling Behavior. Computers in Human Behavior, 25(3). 711-717. (Password Protected)
The "Virtual Casino Gambling: February 2005 through February 2007" codebook and datasets are available for download.
LaBrie R. A., Kaplan, S. A., LaPlante, D. A., Nelson, S. E., and Shaffer, H. J. (2008). Inside the virtual casino: A prospective longitudinal study of actual Internet casino gambling. European Journal of Public Health, 18(4), 410-416. (Password Protected)
To understand how the different datasets available from bwin.party are related to each other see the Master CodebookMeta-analytic Prevalence Estimates of Disordered Gambling Behavior in the United States and Canada” codebook and datasets are now available for download.
Shaffer, H. J., Hall, M. N., Bilt, J. V. (1999). Estimating the prevalence of disordered gambling behavior in the United States and Canada: A research synthesis. American Journal of Public Health, 89(9) 1369-1376.
Shaffer, H. J., & Hall, M. N. (2001). Updating and Refining Prevalence Estimates of Disordered Gambling Behaviour in the United States and Canada. Canadian Journal of Public Health, 92(3), 168-172.
The Transparency Project is featured in
World Online Gambling Law Report,
Volume 8, Issue 3, March, 2009!
Here's an excerpt: “In a move to make addiction research more open and
accessible, the Division on Addictions at the Cambridge Health Alliance, a
teaching affiliate of Harvard Medical School, has created a data repository
called 'The Transparency Project.' This data repository allows scientists
from around the world to engage in a free exchange of data from
privately-funded research. Open access to information from research
supported by private interests will promote evidence from this resource to
take its place alongside that from government sponsored research.
Ultimately, to the benefit of health providers as well as to political and
legal decision-makers deciding on complex addiction-related issues, the
Transparency Project will enhance confidence in scientific findings.”
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