I’m delighted to announce that PsychoPy has been awarded a Technology Development Grant from the Wellcome Trust for the purpose of creating online experiments. We had already released a proof-of-principle that this could be done, but this grant will give us the funding to finish the job to a high standard. Online experiments are going to become easy-to-create and easy-to-deploy and provide the full rich set of components you expect, all with the same dynamic real-time control that we provide in local studies.
On top of the fact that online experiments are coming, the fact that we’ll have a full-time programmer for the first time in PsychoPy’s history means that we should be able to take this project to a whole new level of professionalism. Hopefully you’ll see many fewer bugs and faster fixing of issues
We’re not releasing a schedule yet. There’s a lot of work to be done, but this grant will enable the following:
- creation of a server that will operate as both
- a host for launching online studies easily
- an experiment repository for sharing your work with collaborators and/or public, with full (git) version control
- better general support and bug-fixing for the current PsychoPy code
We’re very grateful to the Wellcome Trust for the money that is going to make it possible, and I struggle to state quite how excited I am about this new era of professional PsychoPy with online experiments. I hope you’ll share in that enthusiasm!
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