IDA Quick Start Guide


1. Apply for IDA storage space, or join an existing IDA project.

Upload Data

2. Log in to the IDA service with your web browser. (See recommended browsers. IDA can also be used with command line tools.)

3. By default, you have two folders in IDA. Open the folder name ending with “+” (eg. 2000142+). It is the staging area (read/ write) which is intended for collecting and organizing research data in preparation for storage in the frozen area.

4. Upload your new data simply with drag and drop, or Click the “+” icon at the top of the view, then click “Upload file”

Optional: After uploading, you can share your data by creating a temporary share link. Note, temporary share links can NOT be published, used in citations or as public download links.

Freeze Data (Make data immutable)

When you would like to turn stable research data to an immutable state,

1. Click the ‘snowflake’ icon
2. Click the ‘Freeze’ button

The frozen data transfers to the folder with no suffix in the name. It is the frozen area (read-only) for storing stable research data in an immutable state.

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

Publish your frozen data

Publish your frozen data with Qvain description tool. By using the Qvain description tool, you will obtain a DOI (persistent identifier) for your dataset. Use it when publicly citing your data.

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

If you have any questions about particular features, or any other issue relating to the service, please contact IDA support at