Goahtin is a Sami word for a traditional building («hut» or «gamme») used by the Sami people. The portal logo is reflecting this building and the region, casting long blue shadows onto the ground.

The portal itself is a tool for stakeholders in the building sector to collect information about activities going on in the northern region and provide extended possibilities for cooperation. Its purpose is to give overview of activities and events, and to provide opportunities to create new consortia and projects for its members. To become a member of the portal, and to gain access to all of its features, interested parties need to register their company or institution.