This webpage provides links & resources for researchers relating to general research design issues as well as data acquisition, processing, visualization, and analysis.

NSD approval

NSD is the Norwegian Centre for Research Data. All projects that involve processing of personal data (names, emails, IP addresses, etc.) at any stage must be approved by NSD. To apply for approval you need to fill out and submit a notification form on NSD’s website.

NSD also regulates the information that must be provided to participants in any experiment. Here you can download the NSD template for information and consent forms.

Joakim Bakkevold is UiT’s Data protection officer. Here you can download slides from Joakim’s presentation on data protection and NSD approval for research projects (UiT account needed).

Experimental design & programming

We use a host of tools for designing experiments including OpenSesame, jsPsych (esp. for experiments hosted online on our JATOS server), Gorilla and, more recently,  E-Prime.

We have also used proprietary software packages provided with our infrared eye-trackers: SMI Experiment Center (download manual here) and EyeLink Experiment Builder (link to site and video tutorials).

Specialised lab equipment

If you want to use any of the available lab equipment please get in touch with us.

Web-based experiments

There are several options for safely running experiments on the web. If you have a simple experimental design (e.g. a survey, vocabulary test, etc.) consider using Nettskjema. This is a simple and secure solution developed by the University of Oslo.

For more complex designs, we recommend the following solutions:

  • We have access to a JATOS server based at UiT and specialised for hosting online experiments. It is currently in test phase, however we have had very positive experience using it for large-scale online studies, including web-based eye-tracking. If you want help setting up your experiment using JATOS please contact Serge.
  • We have a lab subscription to Gorilla, which combines experimental design functionality and online hosting. If you are an AcqVA researcher and you want to make use of the lab subscription please contact Natalia or Serge.

Recruiting participants for online experiments

Prolific is a platform for recruiting participants for online surveys and experiments that adheres to the European privacy and data protection regulations (GDPR). The pool of participants is primarily English-speaking, but not exclusively. It can be used in combination with both JATOS and Gorilla (see instructions here and here, respectively).

Here you will find short instructions on how to transfer money from your project to you Prolific account.


Here is the link to our GitHub repo. The GitHub repo contains materials and resources for our workshops and events.

Check out our YouTube channel  on which we post videos of our research, instructions on how to use equipment, or how to perform certain tasks or analyses.


Here are the materials from the eye-tracking workshop (3./5.5.2021).


Here are the materials for the workshop on mixed-effects models (22./29.4.2021).

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