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, universities of applied sciences and state research institutes. 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. Use of the service requires that the stored data are described as research dataset. The described data can be set openly available or its availability can be restricted. The owners of the data decide on the openness and usage policies for their own data.

IDA service stores the data stored by organisations projects continuously or until it’s transferred to digital preservation, provided that the Terms of Use are met.

  • Before the data stored in IDA can be made openly accessible, descriptive information (metadata) is added to the data with the research dataset description 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 linked to the published dataset can be set openly available. 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 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.