National Whale and Dolphin Sightings and Strandings Database
OBIS Secretariat, Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO

Summary of download requests

Number of users / requestsUsersRequests
Types requested AllPartial All or partial?: When all records of this dataset were downloaded, it is flagged as "All".
Otherwise, it is flagged as "Partial".
A partial download happens when a user specifies particular species / areas / dates of interest.
Years 202220212020201920182017201620152014201320122011
Formats requested Types requested  
Gridded summary Type 1a (dist_taxa)302
Gridded summary Type 1b (dist_taxa_h3)1
Gridded summary Type 2a (dist_sp)897
Gridded summary Type 2b (dist_sp_h3)16
diversity indexes (diversity)2
Observations based on criteria (points)939
All observations of species (whole_species)688
All observations in dataset (whole_dataset)34
  • Gridded summary Type 1 (dist_taxa): Sightings of all species are aggregated at 1/0.1/0.01 degree resolution. Users gets the number of species and records per grid cell.
    a: Rectangular grids; b: Hexagonal grids
  • Gridded summary Type 2 (dist_sp): Sightings of each species are aggregated at 1/0.1/0.01 degree resolution. Users gets the number of records of the species in question per grid cell.
    a: Rectangular grids; b: Hexagonal grids
  • All or partial?: When all records of this dataset were downloaded, it is flagged as "All". Otherwise, it is flagged as "Partial". A partial download happens when a user specifies particular species / areas / dates of interest.

Download request details

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No.Date requestedTypes requestedFormat#recordsAlong with...Species includedRequest ID
10012019-07-11dist_taxakml1532List of datasetsList of species5d26627f4f79f_20190710_201110
10022019-07-11dist_taxakml1532List of datasetsList of species5d2689943c3df_20190710_205801
10032019-07-11dist_spkml1532List of datasetsList of species5d268861b45c6_20190710_205508
10042019-07-10dist_taxakml1532List of datasetsList of species5d265c9e4cc57_20190710_174820
10052019-07-10dist_taxakml1532List of datasetsList of species5d265c9e4cc57_20190710_174740
10062019-07-10dist_taxakml1532List of datasetsList of species5d265c9e4cc57_20190710_174731
10072019-07-10dist_taxakml1718List of datasetsList of species5d265c9e4cc57_20190710_181712
10082019-07-05dist_taxakml1532List of datasetsList of species5d1f58116aada_20190705_100818
10092019-07-05pointscsv954List of datasetsList of species5d1eee2ec2a55_20190705_023243
10102019-06-30dist_taxakml1532List of datasetsList of species5d18b432d271b_20190630_090925
10112019-06-30dist_taxashapefile1350List of datasetsList of species5d18b5932bb38_20190630_091604
10122019-06-30pointsshapefile38List of datasetsList of species5d18b4a1b54e8_20190630_091204
10132019-06-30dist_taxashapefile1350List of datasetsList of species5d18b5932bb38_20190630_102313
10142019-06-26pointsshapefile56List of datasetsList of species5d12d28bc0421_20190625_224618
10152019-06-26pointsshapefile11List of datasetsList of species5d12d28bc0421_20190625_221857
10162019-06-26pointsshapefile16List of datasetsList of species5d12d28bc0421_20190625_222714
10172019-06-26pointsshapefile26List of datasetsList of species5d12d28bc0421_20190625_223749
10182019-06-26pointsshapefile262List of datasetsList of species5d12f845929b5_20190626_004853
10192019-06-26pointsshapefile262List of datasetsList of species5d12d28bc0421_20190626_004326
10202019-06-26pointsshapefile954List of datasetsList of species5d12d28bc0421_20190625_224312
10212019-06-26pointsshapefile262List of datasetsList of species5d12d28bc0421_20190626_003300
10222019-06-26pointsshapefile11List of datasetsList of species5d12d28bc0421_20190626_003613
10232019-06-26pointskml262List of datasetsList of species5d12d28bc0421_20190626_004230
10242019-06-26dist_spcsv151List of datasetsList of species5d1309336e8bc_20190626_015944
10252019-06-16dist_spkml316List of datasetsList of species5d05f7e10b4db_20190616_040504
10262019-06-15dist_spshapefile1182List of datasetsList of species5d046a2dad77c_20190615_053149
10272019-06-15dist_spshapefile1532List of datasetsList of species5d04c2915c164_20190615_071720
10282019-06-15dist_spcsv1532List of datasetsList of species5d046a2dad77c_20190615_002732
10292019-06-15dist_spshapefile1532List of datasetsList of species5d046a2dad77c_20190615_005633
10302019-06-15dist_spwms1532List of datasetsList of species5d046a2dad77c_20190615_005841
10312019-06-15dist_spwms1532List of datasetsList of species5d046a2dad77c_20190615_044452
10322019-06-15dist_spcsv1182List of datasetsList of species5d04c2915c164_20190615_075627
10332019-06-15dist_spshapefile1532List of datasetsList of species5d04c2915c164_20190615_072903
10342019-06-15dist_spwms1532List of datasetsList of species5d046a2dad77c_20190615_044621
10352019-06-15dist_spcsv1532List of datasetsList of species5d04c2915c164_20190615_060749
10362019-06-15dist_spcsv1182List of datasetsList of species5d046a2dad77c_20190615_052830
10372019-06-11pointsshapefile55List of datasetsList of species5cff7e64177bd_20190611_061253
10382019-06-11pointsshapefile118List of datasetsList of species5cff414bd0bb4_20190611_015242
10392019-06-11pointsshapefile3List of datasetsList of species5cff3f941c12d_20190611_015035
10402019-06-11dist_taxashapefile250List of datasetsList of species5cff4bcedaa84_20190611_023726
10412019-06-11pointsshapefile283List of datasetsList of species5cff38712f699_20190611_011849
10422019-06-11pointsshapefile283List of datasetsList of species5cff3a32aa66d_20190611_012342
10432019-06-09dist_spkml10List of datasetsList of species5cfd3b900f6f3_20190609_130400
10442019-06-06pointskml56List of datasetsList of species5cf957d883388_20190606_141602
10452019-06-06pointskml56List of datasetsList of species5cf955254abdc_20190606_140801
10462019-06-06pointscsv56List of datasetsList of species5cf957d883388_20190606_141720
10472019-06-05pointskml56List of datasetsList of species5cf7bba2327b5_20190605_102358
10482019-06-05pointskml56List of datasetsList of species5cf7bba2327b5_20190605_102112
10492019-06-05pointskml56List of datasetsList of species5cf7bba2327b5_20190605_102537
10502019-06-05pointswfs56List of datasetsList of species5cf7bba2327b5_20190605_101807
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  • The summary of the download requests may not be accurate as the download functionality of the OBIS-SEAMAP mapping tools have been advancing and it is hard to put together old download requests with newer ones.
  • The number of users may be overcounted or undercounted as we didn't collect the information of user identification in early years of OBIS-SEAMAP and the IP addresses are used as a proxy to user identity for old requests.
  • Other issues that may result in inaccuracy is:
    • a user may try downloading data with slightly different criteria for the same project/purpose.
    • a user may download data a couple of times over time to include the latest observations.
    • a user may download data with more coarse criteria and then filter the downloaded data more for specific needs (e.g. download global sightings of a species and then filter them with a study area).
    • a user may download data just for a test purpose.
    • For KML format, a user may visualize the data using Google Earth but did not use them for his/her scientific work.
  • The data type of "diversity indexes" was added in July 2016.
  • Although we have started collecting details of a request (i.e. user's name, prospectus) since Nov 2013, we do not disclose the details unless the user gives us consent. If you want to know more details on the request, please contact us with the Request ID ready. We will try connecting you with the user in question.