The IDA service renewal in summer 2018

The deployment of the renewed IDA service has begun, and the service is now open for new projects. If you're still using the old IDA service, you will be contacted before your project is migrated to the renewed service. The web pages for the renewed IDA service are at Instructions for the renewed service:

- Becoming an IDA user (for new projects)
- IDA Quick Start Guide and the full IDA User Guide
- Renewed IDA service:

The renewed IDA service provides an intuitive user experience for file hosting and new functionalities for users. The most essential change is that the procedures which ensure the stability and preservation of the data are done only after a user has marked the data to be ready for more permanent storing in the service. This makes the transfer of the data to the service more straightforward, as the procedures for data preservation are not done during the file upload. Because of this new functionality, projects in the renewed IDA will have two distinct storage areas within each project's allocated space – one for aggregation and organization of data, and one for storing data which is rendered immutable. More information regarding these two storage areas and their fuctionalities can be found at

In addition to the renewal in the IDA service, other new services supporting digital preservation will be launched in mid-2018, and the renewed IDA service has been designed from the ground up to work seamlessly with these new services.

All IDA's user interfaces will be refreshed

The renewed IDA will enable access via new web browser UI and command line. The current icommands (iRODS), Cyberduck file transfer program and SUI My Files will not be supported after the transition to the renewed service; however, comparable functionality will be provided. You can already view user instructions for the new user interfaces at

Projects will be kept informed about the changes and contacted about migration

Current IDA project PIs will be contacted about migrating existing project data to the new environment. The project migrations from the current service to the renewed service will be done during the summer 2018. More information regarding the timing of the migrations and renewal will be provided to directly to current projects and on these web pages. More information about IDA project migrations at

During the migration to the renewed service, the project will not be able to access the IDA service. Information about the timing of the service break will be provided to each project.

The service renewal will involve changes to some existing functionalities

Editing file specific metadata will not be supported by the renewed IDA service. When the new services for digital preservation are launched mid-2018, users will be able to edit metadata using the Qvain metadata tool. Due to these changes, users are not able to make data in the renewed IDA service downloadable as a part of published datasets during the summer of 2018, until the new services for digital preservation are launched.

Data opened in the current IDA service can be kept downloadable with the same download link after the renewal.

Changes to the read/write permissions of particular folder levels in the current IDA, made using the current icommands, will not be supported in the renewed service. After the renewal, all project members will have equal rights to manage all data stored in the project space.

More information

IDA is a service offered by the Ministry of Education and Culture to actors within the Finnish research system. The service is produced by CSC – IT Center for Science Ltd.