The ARAMIS database contains information regarding research projects and evaluations that are run or funded by the Confederation itself. ARAMIS serves as a tool to coordinate scientific content while providing transparency.
The objectives pursued by the Confederation with regard to ARAMIS are as follows:
- Creating transparency: providing interested parties access to federally run or funded research activities or assessments;
- Avoiding redundancy: ensuring that similar projects are not already being carried out within the federal administration;
- Providing a management tool: providing federal agencies with a simple tool they can use to manage their research projects.
The ARAMIS information system consists of a section with information on projects and evaluations that is intended for the general public and a section with additional information for project management that is restricted to internal administrative users. It is a database application, which lists all research projects, impact assessments and evaluations conducted within the federal administration as individual or cross-referenced projects. Each project entry includes basic information such as project title and duration as well as project objectives, final report and contractual information. The Federal Statistical Office (FSO) and the State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation (SERI) are able to use this information, in particular the contractual information, for statistical and other assessment purposes.
ARAMIS has been operational since 1997. Since 2004, the ARAMIS database has served as a pillar of quality assurance in the area of federal policy sector research. Since 2005, ARAMIS keeps a record of all impact studies and assessments carried out by the federal administration.
The ARAMIS Competence Center in the State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation (SERI) bears overall responsibility for ARAMIS. The legal basis for ARAMIS is provided in the ARAMIS Ordinance of 29 November 2013.
Additional studies and reports commissioned by the federal administration can be found in the «External studies» database.