IDA Service Desription

Service name Fairdata IDA – Research Data Storage
Service summary IDA is a research data storage service that provides secure storage for research data. The service is offered free of charge to its target audience. The service is part of the Fairdata services (Fairdata Service Description in Finnish). The service is targeted Finnish higher education institutes, state research institutes as well as research funded by the Academy of Finland.

The service is intended for storing research data and materials related to it. The users mark their data to be persistently stored (“Frozen”) in the service. The data stored in the service is available to all project users. 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. The owners of the data decide on the openness and usage policies for their own data.

User organisations are offered support and guidance on using the service.

The in the service is stored in Finland.

IDA is based on open source software. The source code is available at GitHub.

Detailed description
  • The service organiser (Minedu) grants user organisations the IDA use right, as defined in the use policy.
  • The contact persons of the user organisations grant group-specific storage space for research projects within the limits of their organisaton’s use rights.
  • Users belong to one or more groups in the service. There may be users from different organisations in the same group.

 

  • The user can transfer files and directories to the IDA and organise, update or delete them. At this point, the files are not yet in actual storage.
  • The user can freeze the files that they has transferred to the service. The data transferred to IDA is in the storage service only after it has been frozen. The preservation of frozen files is secured for example by making two copies of them. Frozen files are read-only to enable citations and creating dataset descriptions, and to protect their integrity.
  • The user can remove files from storage.
  • Frozen files are available to be described as research datasets with Qvain – Research Dataset Metadata Tool and can be packaged to Digital Preservation Service for Research Data. The research datasets, which are published by the user, are available in the Etsin – Research Data Finder.
Restrictions The service is not intended for data containing sensitive personal data.

The service is not intended for data which are actively processed or often moved between the service and another environment.

If the user organisation or user deletes data from the service, the deleted data is not recoverable. The metadata of the datasets is however retained.

Target audience Users of the user organisations that store research data with associated metadata and create research datasets, or are responsible for managing the research data. Other users defined in the IDA Use Policy.
How to obtain the service The service is accessible from the Internet at https://ida.fairdata.fi/.

In order to access and use the service the customer must have a CSC user account and project. The CSC user account and the project can be requested through CSC Customer portal (sui.csc.fi) or by contacting CSC Service Desk.

User support The service producer provides the IDA service so that it is in principle available without interruptions.

Maintenance and user support are provided during the service hours.
Maintenance and repair operations take place during the service hours every third Wednesday of the month. The users are notified about the maintenance break in advance. The service hours are business days from 8 a.m. through 4 p.m.

Contact point

  • User guidance and general questions about the Service and its use
  • Contact point if the Service is not available or malfunction

CSC Service Desk

Clients responsibilities The user accepts the IDA–Research Data Storage Service Terms of Use in CSC Customer portal. The users also accepts the General Terms of Use for CSC’s Services for Research associated to CSC-accounts.
Service producers responsibilities The service producer is responsible for providing the service to users at the agreed service level. The producer is responsible for providing support in the agreed manner.

The service producer shall notify the user organisations and users of all security breaches and security risks without delays.

The Privacy statement of the Digital preservation services, Fairdata services and the Digital preservation solution (in Finnish).

Service producer CSC – IT Center for Science Ltd.
Service offered and organized by The Ministry of Education and Culture, Finland
Document version
  1. 1.0 16.8.2019