IDA – Research Data Storage Service

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.

IDA enables saving, organizing and sharing data within the project group and storing the data in an immutable state. The data stored in IDA can be described as a research dataset and made publicly available via other Fairdata services:

  • Before the data stored in IDA can be opened, descriptive information (metadata) is added to the data with the metadata tool Qvain.
  • 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. The files in the published dataset can be set as openly downloadable by others. It’s also possible to publish only the metadata of the dataset.

IDA can be used either with a user friendly browser UI or command line tools. Read more about the different UIs 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.

IDA has a maintenance break very third Wednesday of the month, starting at 10 a.m. The users are notified about the maintenance break in advance.

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
+358 9 457 2821
Weekdays from 8:30 AM to 4 PM

IDA is organised 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.