Access to Red Hen Tools and Data

Red Hen is a research cooperative, not available to the public.  


  1. All research must be supervised by a member of the Red Hen Access Board. In many cases, that supervision is, after the initial period, largely delegated to other senior members of the Red Hen research cooperative. 
  2. If you wish to have initial access to the Red Hen Tools and Data, first study (as thoroughly as you can stand) the elaborate presentation at of Red Hen operations.  Then prepare and send to two items:
    1. The research proposal, saying in fairly specific detail what research you plan to do, and how access to which existing Red Hen tools and data would assist that research.
    2. The contribution proposal, containing an initial inventory of possible ways in which you could contribute to the Red Hen research cooperative. How can you improve the Red Hen research cooperative for all its cooperative members? For examples, see What Kind of Red Hen Are You? and The Barnyard of Possible Specific Projects. The examples on these pages form a very incomplete list, and we encourage potential new Red Hens to be imaginative about their potential contributions. Surprise us! In many cases, initial access will be granted well in advance of any actual contribution, and even before it is clear what contribution could be useful; but those who ask for access are expected to carry a sense of responsibility for the future of the Red Hen research cooperative.  “Someday—and that day may never come—I'll call upon you to do a service for me. But until that day, accept this justice as a gift on my daughter's wedding day”— Don Corleone.
      The research proposal and the contribution proposal are sometimes interdependent.  Indeed, many contribution proposals point out that Red Hen's tools and data provide good help for the proposed research activity but are inadequate for the full job, and will accordingly propose as a contribution to improve the Red Hen tools and data in such a way as to make Red Hen yet better able to conduct such research.
      The co-directors will muse upon the ways in which your proposals for research and contribution articulate with existing Red Hen research and infrastructure and ways in which they might articulate with developments in progress or similar proposals by other Red Hen supplicants, and send you a response.  On the basis of a thoughtful research proposal and contribution proposal, the co-directors are typically able to grant initial access to the first level of tools and data so that researchers can explore possibilities, on the ground that this will help them improve and sharpen their research and contribution proposals. 

Access conditions

  1. Access to Red Hen tools and data is not all-or-none.  Red Hen has an increasing number of tools and systems, and different lines of research and contribution benefit from different ranges of access. To the extent that you have thoughts about the kinds of access needed, express those thoughts in your research and contribution proposals. The Red Hen Access Board will consider kinds of access when it considers your proposals.
  2. Red Hen emphasizes that research products and infrastructure products developed with the help of Red Hen absolutely must be open-source and be made available to every other Red Hen, according to the directions of the co-directors.  Agreement to that uniform policy is a condition of access to any level of Red Hen. (Naturally, Red Hen understands restrictions of confidentiality and laws about human subjects research, but even there, Red Hen has some fine ideas about how to write an IRB proposal so that some data—appropriately anonymized—can be somewhat more widely shared.) See, for example, the Red Hen github account.
  3. There are many kinds of access to Red Hen. Red Hen access often changes as the research & contribution develop. As your contributions and skills progress, Red Hen can provide access to low-level data and advanced search engines, related on-going research and development projects, high-performance computing resources, and collaborative grant opportunities. Red Hen creates advanced multimodal datamining tools by bringing people with very different skills together, deploying the tools on several HPC pipelines, and integrating them with a wide variety of linguistic and communicational research agendas.
  4. Unfortunately, Red Hen lacks the resources—funding, staff, operations—to serve researchers. Rather, active membership in the group is meant to create advantages for the individual that derive from group associations. Red Hen works to design operations so that the benefit to an individual Red Hen researcher is greater than the contribution made by the individual. The Red Hen researcher, in return for an ongoing contribution, receives access to the many contributions from the wide Red Hen cooperative. 
  5. Access credentials are to be used by only the single individual to whom they are provided. Sharing access or credentials—including letting someone else use your RSA key pair—is forbidden.

Development director

  1. The senior Red Hens typically contribute from their individual research funding, grants, and awards to the infrastructure of Red Hen.  But we do not have a director for general development of Red Hen funding. Interested?
We look forward to hearing from you!

P.S. On the technical details of entry-level access, see Access to Red Hen: technical details. That page is written for students and postdocs of the Red Hen co-directors, but its technical instructions apply to nearly anyone who has been approved by the co-directors for initial Red Hen access.