The Arctic Data Centre (ADC) is a service provided by the Norwegian Meteorological Institute (MET) and is a legacy of the International Polar Year (IPY) when MET coordinated operational data streams internationally and research data nationally. The national data management for IPY was organised through a project, DOKIPY, funded by the Research Council of Norway. DOKIPY was a virtual data centre which integrated data collections at the Institute of Marine Research, the Norwegian Polar Institute and the Norwegian Meteorological Institute. The Norwegian Institute for Air Research was contributing to the coordination, but not to the virtual data centre. Following IPY, MET got engaged in the development of the WMO Information System (WIS) and promoted ADC as a WMO Data Collection and Production Centre (DCPC). Currently ADC does not operate as a WMO DCPC, but act as the catalogue interfacing WMO Information System through the GISC operated by DWD. MET is still actively engaged in the development of WIS and operates two services on behalf of the WMO community, the data portals for WMO Global Cryosphere Watch and Year of Polar Prediction.

IPY was the starting point for distributed data management within geosciences in Norway, and this effort has been followed by relevant efforts like the Norwegian Satellite Earth Observation Database for Marine and Polar Research (NORMAP), Norwegian Marine Data Centre (NMDC) and Norwegian Scientific Data Network (NorDataNet). Development of the toolbox used to provide functionality within ADC is done through research projects funded by the Research Council of Norway (Infrastructure programme), European Union (FP6, FP7, H2020), Norwegian Space Agency (CryoClim, NBS) and ESA (CryoClim, CVL).

For information about services etc ADC is offering look at the menu item support.

ADC is focused on the FAIR principles for data management. The Norwegian Meteorological Institute has several other data services, some that are adhering to the FAIR guiding principles and some that are not. These are listed below. Some of the data served by these services are also available through ADC in FAIR form, but by no means all of the data.