Become an IDA user – who is IDA for?

The Finnish Ministry of Education and Culture (Minedu) offers the right to use the research data storage service IDA to the Finnish higher education institutions and research institutes. Minedu can grant the right to use IDA directly, separately from the aforementioned organisational use rights. The full use policy is available at “Terms and Policies” (in Finnish).

IDA usage by Finnish Higher Education Institutions and State Research Institutes

If you operate under a Finnish higher education institution or state research institute and you want to store research data, you can apply for IDA storage space from your home organisation. Your organisation’s IDA contact person will process your application. If your organisation has no named contact person, please check the status of IDA usage from your organisation. The storage space granted by your home organisation can be utilized as long as the Terms of Use are met. Each storage space needs to have a project manager with an active user account. The project manager can be a researcher or e.g. the organisation’s research services staff member.

Organisation’s use rights in IDA service

If you are from the data support or open science services of a Finnish higher education institution or a state research institute and you wish to appoint an IDA contact person for your organization, please contact servicedesk (a) csc.fi. Organisations can apply for additional IDA capacity. Instructions are on page Terms and Policies.

Other IDA use rights

Starting from June 2021 the options listed below are no longer available for new projects. IDA’s use policy is soon updated accordingly. The projects which are currently using IDA based on Academy of Finland funding decision or with direct use right allocation by Minedu will be informed about this change during 2021.

IDA usage based on Academy of Finland funding

Data produced under Academy of Finland research funding (Academy Projects, Centres of Excellence, research programmes) and under Academy of Finland research environment funding (research infrastructures) has been eligible for IDA usage until mid-2021. Eligible projects have been able to apply for up to 2 TB of storage capacity and the duration of the use right is the duration of the funding decision + 2 years.

Direct use rights allocation by Minedu

Minedu has grated selected projects the right to use IDA directly, separately from the aforementioned use rights. When necessary, projects have been able to apply for the right to use the service directly from Minedu, or apply for additional storage capacity for a project already using IDA. Minedu has evaluated the applications and consulted suitable experts from the research community and research funding organisations when needed. Use rights allocated directly by Minedu are intended for top-level scientific research.

Direct use rights are granted by Minedu for a fixed term, which is specified in the application approval. The older direct use rights allocated by Minedu, whose duration hasn’t been defined, will have a duration of 3 years, starting from 1.12.2018.