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, which will soon be available for users.
Research data storage service IDA enables storing, organizing and sharing data within the project group, storing the data in an immutable state and publishing the data as a described research dataset. Users can add descriptive information (metadata) to their data with the coming metadata tool Qvain. A dataset published with Qvain gets a persistent identifier and a landing page 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 or downloadable only with a use permission. 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.fairdata.fi. 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.
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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.
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