How do the Fairdata services help you? See our new video!

Taking care of your research data is an essential part of good scientific practice. Fairdata services are made to ease this task. Get familiar with the Fairdata services with the video above.

Services provide many benefits. The data is safely stored for further use and reuse and data has persistent identifiers for references. Sharing data and  finding data for one’s own use is easy.  Meeting the research funders’ requirements of openness is easy  by using Fairdata services.  Read more about the benefits of the Fairdata services. The Fairdata service components are:

The services are offered free of charge to Finnish universities, universities of applied sciences, state research institutes and for those funded by the Academy of Finland. Digital preservation service is based on agreement. The Fairdata services are provided by the Ministry of Education and Culture and produced by CSC – IT Center for Science Ltd.


2020-01-15: Updates to IDA service and CLI tools

The latest release of the IDA service brings a number of fixes and improvements:

  • Frozen file checksums are always prefixed with the ‘sha256:’ URI prefix.
  • Empty frozen folders may now be deleted from the frozen area.
  • Hidden files now forced to always be visible, user option removed.
  • Various UI/UX fixes and minor layout tweaks.
  • Various internal fixes and optimizations.

The update may have included changes to the web UI which some browsers may not refresh and reload automatically. If you experience unusual behavior, we advise you to flush your browser cache and cookies.

2019-11-05: Updates to Etsin and Qvain Light services

The latest release of the Etsin service has two improvements:

  • The reliability of downloading dataset files from Etsin has been improved. Especially with slower network connections the download sometimes resulted to a corrupted file – this should not happen again (if only the connection stays alive at some speed at least).
    • The work to improve the download component continues still. The main focus in now making it able to recover from a total network connection lost.
  • Error which prevented some users to log-in to Qvain Light has been fixed.

What are the FAIR principles – watch the new video!

The FAIR data principles were published in 2016 by Force11. The Academy of Finland also mentions the FAIR principles as a good data management guideline. According to the FAIR principles, the data should be:

  • Findable
  • Accessible
  • Interoperable
  • Re-usable

The Council of the European Union emphasises that “the opportunities for the optimal reuse of research data can only be realised if data are consistent with the FAIR principles (findable, accessible, interoperable and re-usable) within a secure and trustworthy environment” (Council conclusions on the transition towards an open science system)

But what does this mean? Watch our new video above to see what the FAIR principles mean in practice.

Read more about the FAIR principles.

2019-10-16: Updates to IDA service and CLI tools

The latest release of the IDA service brings a number of new features and improvements:

  • The performance of the service is noticeably improved; the maximum number of files that can be included in one freezing, unfreezing or delete action is now 5000.
  • Notification icons are now provided in the top navigation bar when there are pending actions, failed actions, or if a project is in a suspended (locked) state.
  • It is now possible to copy files or folders from one location in staging to another, or from the frozen area to staging. Copying is also supported via the CLI tools using the new ‘copy’ action (see the CLI tools documentation for details).
  • It is now possible to define locale preferences in the personal settings.
  • Temporary share links can now have notes associated with them, which are then available to those with whom the link is shared; and it is now possible to prohibit downloading of files via temporary share links.
  • The UI has a number of refreshments in the look and feel, and has improved support for accessibility.

See the user guide for further details.

Note also the following minor changes to previous functionality and appearance:

  • Temporary share links will expire in exactly 90 days, and the period can no longer be shortened.
  • It is no longer possible to clear failed actions, only to retry them.
  • The layout of the personal settings views have changed slightly.
  • The layout for defining temporary share links has changed from a form to a pull down menu of options.

The update may have included changes to the web UI which some browsers may not refresh and reload automatically. If you experience unusual behavior, we advise you to flush your browser cache and cookies.

Plans to close old Etsin (

We are planning to decommision old Etsin Service (

The Service has been in read-only state and all published datasets were migrated into the new Etsin ( on late June 2019. Datasets are all safe in new Etsin and no actions needed regarding those datasets. All URNs are and will be resolving themselves into new Etsin.
But notice that if you have any direct links to they will stop working as soon as the Service is shut down.

Instead of using direct links to datasets you should always use the resolvable URN.

For example (linking a dataset into new Etsin):

Specific schedule has not been decided yet but the Service will be available at least until the end of November. After that we cannot guarantee the old links to work.

New webinars: Qvain and Metax API

Two webinars about the new Fairdata services were held in September.

Both webinar recordings will be available within a week at CSC’s YouTube Channel.

Also, Qvain User Survey has been opened. We hope you can find time to answer the form. We appreciate all feedback!

2019-09-03: Updates to Qvain Service

Following changes have been made to Qvain Service

  • Filepicker (for Fairdata IDA files) is now showing file count
  • All organization fields now have a drop dowm feature (search and select)
    •  Improves the findability of the dataset (organization is always written in a correct format)
  • Possibility to add other identifiers for the dataset