IDA – Research Data Storage Service

IDA is a continuous service for safe research data storage organized by the Ministry of Education and Culture. The service is offered free of charge to Finnish universities and universities of applied sciences, research institutes as well as research funded by the Academy of Finland. IDA is part of the Fairdata services and enables storing and sharing research data. Data stored in IDA can be described as a dataset, published, and opened for others to download utilizing the other Fairdata services.

Research data storage service IDA ( enables saving, organizing and sharing data within the project group and storing the data in an immutable state. Users of the IDA service can open their data stored in IDA as a described research dataset in Etsin. Before the data stored in IDA can be opened, users will add descriptive information (metadata) to their data with the metadata tool Qvain. A dataset described and published with Qvain gets a persistent identifier and a landing page in Etsin. This makes the dataset visible for others, and enables re-use of the data and citations to the dataset. The files in the published dataset can be set as openly downloadable by others. It’s also possible to publish only the dataset metadata.

The IDA research data storage was renewed in summer 2018. The renewed service provides new functionalities for users and an intuitive user experience for file hosting and management. Read more about the renewal. The renewed IDA service can be found at IDA can be used either with a user friendly browser UI or command line tools. Read more from the user guide.

IDA is meant for storing stable research data, which can be constructed and described as research datasets. The service is not optimized for data under heavy usage (e.g. computing disk data, data used in web applications). The service is not suitable for storing sensitive personal data or biometric identifiers.

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.

Contact information:
CSC customer support
servicedesk (at)
+358 9 457 2821
Weekdays from 8:30 AM to 4 PM

IDA is a service organized by the Ministry of Education and Culture to actors within the Finnish research system. The service is produced by CSC – IT Center for Science Ltd.