IDA Quick Start Guide

Fairdata IDA



First apply for access to IDA, or join an existing IDA project. After you have access to IDA, you can login the IDA service at IDA can also be used with command line tools.

The storage space allocated to each project in IDA is divided into two distinct areas (see picture below):

  • 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 identifier followed by a plus ‘+’ sign (e.g. 2000142+). Think “+” to add new data.

The root folder name of the frozen area is simply the project identifier, with no suffix (e.g. 2000142).

To start uploading data

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 (see  picture below).

Files in the staging area cannot be included in datasets and published.

If you wish, you can share files stored in IDA to people who do not have IDA service access. You can create a temporary share link to a file or folder in the share link tab (see picture below).

To freeze data

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. Click on the snowflake icon to open the Freezing operations tab (see  picture below).

If you wish to publish your frozen data

Files that have been frozen can be included in datasets with Qvain/Qvain Light metadata tool. By using the Qvain Light metadata tool you can obtain a DOI for your dataset.

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.

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