Becoming an IDA user
Who can use IDA?
The Finnish Ministry of Education and Culture offers Finnish universities and projects and researchers of the Academy of Finland storage in IDA. The storage quota is assigned to the universities with the agreed principles and indicators defined by the Ministry.
Universities and Academy of Finland grant IDA quota for their projects. IDA access and size of storage quota is approved by the IDA contact person at each organization. You may contact them for further information on the use of IDA in your organization.
Data produced under Academy of Finland research funding (Academy Projects, Centres of Excellence, research programmes) and under Academy of Finland research environment funding (research infrastructures) are eligible for IDA usage. They can receive by default a storage space allocation of 2TB when submitting an application.
Universities of applied sciences are also eligible to use IDA. Please contact the IDA coordinator (idakoordinaattori (at) csc.fi) for further information. The Ministry grants also additional IDA capacity to projects requiring a large amount of storage capacity, such as ESFRI projects.
What kind of data is IDA for?
IDA is intended for the storage of research data. Both raw data and analyzed result data from projects may be stored in the service. The data may be published or not.
The service is not optimized for data under heavy usage (e.g. computing disk data, data used in web applications) or constantly changing data (e.g. daily data backup). The service is not suitable for storing sensitive personal data or biometric identifiers.
Make sure that IDA service suits your needs. The data you preserve in IDA should be
- related to reserach
Your data should not
- need computing
- be used on a web application
- include sensitive personal data or biometric identifiers
The project's Principal Investigator can apply for IDA storage space in Scientist's User Interface (SUI).
- Authenticate with Haka-ID in SUI. No Haka-ID? Fill in a paper form.
- Create a CSC username (in case you do not already have one). Register in SUI. You will receive an e-mail confirmation within a few minutes.
- Register your research project on Resources and Applications-page. You will receive an e-mail confirmation within a few minutes.
- Apply for IDA storage space with an application form in SUI (go to eService, followed by Resources and Applications, choose Storage from the Resources menu, followed by IDA Storage Service). You will receive an e-mail confirmation once the application has been dealt with.
- Take your IDA storage space into use by following the instructions given in the e-mail!
Add users to existing IDA storage space
The project's Principal Investigator can add users to the IDA storage space in the Scientist's User Interface (SUI).
- Choose the project from the My Projects view. Choose Edit Project on the right hand side on the bottom of the page.
- Add a user by filling in the user's e-mail address in the field View Members.
- The invited user approves the invitation in the Approvals view.
The usage of the granted IDA quota can be monitored by the quota granter, so that unused storage space can be reallocated if necessary. Violating the terms use can lead to removal of IDA access rights.
In addition to the above mentioned application process, projects in need of larger storage capacities can apply for additional storage quota. Projects in need of exceptionally large storage capacities, e.g. ESFRI projects, can apply for IDA storage quota via a separate call. The Ministry of Education and Culture makes the final grant decisions.
When the call is open, additional storage quota is applied for by filling in an application form and sending it to lisaosuus (at) postit.csc.fi. The granted additional storage capacities is public information, so please attach also a public abstract to your application. The additional quota is intended for data-intensive research that requires large resources for a limited time. After this the data may be proposed to be transferred to Digital Preservation Solution for Research Data (PAS). Rejected applicants will be informed personally.
For more information about the call for additional storage quota, please contact lisaosuus (at) postit.csc.fi.
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For additional information about IDA, please contact our Service Desk: servicedesk (at) csc.fi, 09 457 2821.