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Mission Statement & Activites

The goal of EMRA is to support the development of eye movements based research. This includes all aspects of basic and applied eye movement research, through focus periods and selected projects with broad benefit to the community. EMRA activities are undertaken and shaped by members voluntarily, as a non profit independent association.

The following core activities were planned shortly after EMRA came into existence, and progress updated August 2015:

  1. Hosting and maintaining open access archives of ECEM conference abstracts and proceedings, websites and other material. This work is not complete, we work with Rudolf Groner, Vice-President of the association and founder of ECEM, editor of the Journal of Eye Movements Research, to build this archive.
  2. Developing international standards related to eye tracking - beginning with the Eye Data Quality Standard, in collaboration with COGAIN. To date, results of this project have been presented at ETRA 2012, ECEM 2013, VSS 2014, ECEM 2015, and in articles submitted for publication by members of the EDQ committee and their collaborators..
  3. The EMRA shared tools - supporting the development and provision of open-source tools for eye tracking experiments, eye data analysis and processing via EMRA Student Software competitions, the EDQ project, and other collaborations. To date, the EDQ project has resulted in the ioHub being included as part of the general psychopy release, a library of software for testing and reporting data quality, and other small tools for release.
  4. Compiling and maintaining an up to date list of research groups using eye movements methods, and their projects/interests. This activity has not progressed very much since the current board was inaugerated. We welcome the collaboration of interested members on this.
  5. Hosting and maintaining an online museum of eye tracking, archiving photographic, video, literature, software and eye movement data from out-of-production as well as current eye trackers. The online museum of eye tracking is currently in construction, and we welcome collaboration from interested members of the research community.
  6. Providing educational materials  and courses such as video casts of how to set up and operate currently available and out of production eye trackers, courses and workshops at conferences etc.. To date, EMRA organised and taught workshops at ECEM 2013 in Lund, with local workshop organisers Marcus Nystrom, Dan Witzner Hansen and Fiona Mulvey.
  7. Providing current information on courses and workshops offered by various eye movement research groups. We update our homepage regularly with news of eye movement related courses we are aware of, and encourage members to forward relevant courses for inclusion in what we envisage as a central hub for eye movement research related opportunities.
  8. Providing webspace, mailing lists and forums for special interest groups in eye movements research. Please see our forums or let us know if you want to start a topic not listed. 
EMRA also offers the following support to members who wish to host ECEM or other eye movement related conferences, workshops or colloquia:
  1. Supporting special interest groups with webspace, forums, and a point of contact for interested researchers. We have created forum capability on this webspace but have not yet advertised forums generally. Work in progress.
  2. Technical and financial tools for conference and workshop management and support in using them.  As a result of the joint EMRA and COGAIN organisation of ECEM 2013 in Lund, Detlev Droege (EMRA webportal administrator) and Fiona Mulvey (ECEM 2013 Organiser), developed a conftool instance for the ECEM conference complete with review process, reviewer lists, records of sponsorship documents and agreements, and related material. This software was used by organisers of ECEM 2015 in Vienna, and will hopefully continue to be useful to future conference organisers. Before ECEM 2013, each new ECEM organiser had to rebuild such tools anew.
  3. Support for online journal and proceedings publication. As part of developing software for ECEM 2013, EMRA and COGAIN members of the organisational team (including ECEM 2013 co-chairs; Arantxa Villanueva and Kenneth Holmqvist, organiser Fiona Mulvey, and local editor of proceedings Roger Johanssen) developed templates for conference proceedings which were made available to future organisers and used for ECEM 2015.
  4. Maintaining a list of potential reviewers with various eye tracking and eye movement expertise. EMRA holds a large database of experts in all aspects of eye movement research and applications. With the consent of those involved, we are happy to provide this list to conference organisers and journal editors so long as they agree to no commercial mails, no advertising of commercial products, no third party distribution and voluntary user sign-up in first mailing.

We welcome the involvement of members in shaping and developing the aims and activities of the association. You can do this through collaboration on the above activities or by suggesting your own initiatives for voluntary collaborations that have benefit to the eye movement research community. Please contact the board of management if you would like to get involved, or comment below if there is an activity you would like EMRA to consider.

 

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