IDA – Store and organize your research data before publishing it

Fairdata IDA ( is a continuous service for safe research data storage, offered free of charge to Finnish universities, universities of applied sciences and state research institutes.

IDA enables saving, organizing and sharing data within the project group and storing the data in an immutable state, before the data is described as research dataset with Fairdata Qvain tool. The described data can be set openly available with Fairdata Qvain for anyone to download or its availability can be restricted. The data owner decides on the openness and usage policies for their data. The research dataset published with Qvain gets a persistent identifier and a landing page in Etsin. This makes the dataset findable for others, and enables re-use of the data and creating a scientific reference.

Before you start using the service, please note:

  • To continuously store data in IDA, the CSC project associated with the data needs to be kept active even when the data is published, but the project manager of the CSC project can be changed if needed. In order to store and utilize the data independently of the original creators of the dataset, it’s essential that the data stored in IDA is well-documented, it’s findable in Etsin, the project members have agreed upon the rights regarding the data, and the data is licensed enabling further use. Note that the IDA Terms of Use require users to include the stored data to one or more published datasets!
  • The service is not suitable for data under heavy usage (e.g. computing disk data, data used in web applications).
  • IDA can’t be used to store data that includes special categories of personal data, as specified in Article 9 of the EU GDPR “Processing of special categories of personal data” (

More information

Below there are two introduction videos to the IDA service. Click “CC” to turn subtitles on/off. Read the text versions of the videos.