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The RiS Portal: Open access to research in Svalbard

Arctic research is demanding. Project leaders have to stay updated on on going research activity while planning for new field activities. The planning phase requires hours of browsing journals, submission of formal documents and booking of facilities. If you are conducting research in Svalbard, the improved version of the RiS Portal (Research in Svalbard) has now made your work a lot easier.

The one site to visit
The RiS Portal is a digital tool providing overview on research activity taking place in Svalbard, as well as giving open access to information relevant when planning for fieldwork in this Arctic Archipelago.

Whether you are searching for relevant research projects, looking for application forms or wish to book facilities in Ny-Ålesund, the RiS portal is the one site to visit.

Do you wish to book facilities in Ny-Ålesund, the RiS portal is the site to visit. (Photo: Halvard R. Pedersen)

Valuable tool when conducting research
Through the recent improvements, the RiS Portal has become a valuable tool for anyone conducting research in Svalbard. Through intuitive icons, within minutes you will find information on research projects, application forms for required permissions and booking systems for facilities needed.

You can easily find the information serving your needs through the improved browser or utilize the updated map function for a location-specific search. By visiting www.researchinsvalbard.no all the information you need is only a click away.

Find the information you need before doing research by visiting www.researchinsvalbard.no. (Photo: Karoline Bælum)

From database to knowledge base
The RiS Portal provides a unique opportunity to identify relevant scientific partners for new projects. Six months after the digital makeover, 2533 projects are registered in a joint database through the portal. And the number is constantly increasing.

By registering your project in the database, including participating scientists, institutions, publications and data sets (metadata), you will contribute to valuable coordination of research taking place in Svalbard. Such coordination will maintain existing scientific cooperation and facilitate new collaborating axes strengthening our joint knowledge of the Arctic environment as basis for understanding global change and its impacts.

Mandatory
Registration via the RiS Portal is mandatory for all research projects requiring authorisation pursuant to the Svalbard Environmental Protection Act or including fieldwork carried out in Ny-Ålesund or Hornsund. This also applies for research projects receiving funding from the Research Council of Norway and the Svalbard Environmental Protection Fund. All other research, monitoring and educational projects taking place in Svalbard are encouraged to register in the RiS portal to contribute to a stronger knowledge base.

By registering your project in the database, including participating scientists, institutions, publications and data sets (metadata), you will contribute to valuable coordination of research taking place in Svalbard. (Photo: Karoline Bælum)

Fact about RiS:
The RiS portal is owned by the Research Council in Norway and managed by the Svalbard Science Forum (SSF).   

SSF promotes coordination of and collaborative efforts in research activities in Svalbard. Their objective is to contribute to the development of Svalbard as a platform for international research cooperation in the Arctic.

In the work of the current improvements of the RiS portal, SSF has received invaluable assistance from the Norwegian Polar Institute (NPI), Kings Bay AS and the Governor of Svalbard. The IT Department at the Research Council of Norway has played a key role in improving the database in cooperation with external consultants.

Read more:
A treasure trove for research in Svalbard
Svalbard Science Forum (SSF)
RiS Portal

 



 

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