IDA Quick Start Guide

This user guide is about the renewed IDA service, which will be available to end users in summer 2018. The user instructions for the current IDA service can be found here: openscience.fi/ida-user-instructions

If you have any questions about particular features, or any other issue relating to the service, please contact IDA support at servicedesk (a) csc.fi


The storage space allocated to each project in IDA is divided into two distinct areas:

  • The Staging area (read/write) where new data is uploaded to the IDA service, and is intended for collecting and organizing research data in preparation for storage in the frozen area.
  • The Frozen area (read-only) for storing stable research data in an immutable state.

The root folder name of the staging area corresponds to the project name followed by a plus ‘+’ sign. Think “+” to add new data.

The root folder name of the frozen area is simply the project name, with no suffix.

To start uploading data: simply open the root folder of the staging area (the folder with the name ending in “+”) and click the “+” icon at the top of the view to upload files and/or create subfolders as needed.

Files which have been uploaded to the staging area of the IDA service are moved to the frozen area by selecting and freezing a particular folder or file via the Freezing operations tab.

Files in the frozen area are visible to other data preservation services and can be included in data sets. Files in the staging area are not visible to other services and cannot be included in data sets.

NOTE: Files are not stored persistently in the IDA service until they are frozen.

See the full IDA User Guide for further details regarding the IDA service.