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
11012019-05-28pointsshapefile2List of datasetsList of species5ced06a448241_20190528_062637
11022019-05-23dist_spshapefile214List of datasetsList of species5ce60daf24427_20190522_231025
11032019-05-22pointskml9List of datasetsList of species5ce5a6d472845_20190522_154709
11042019-05-21dist_spkml46List of datasetsList of species5ce45a93c8611_20190521_161142
11052019-05-21dist_spkml46List of datasetsList of species5ce45a93c8611_20190521_161144
11062019-05-20pointsshapefile65List of datasetsList of species5ce234b547b6b_20190520_012731
11072019-05-20pointskml129List of datasetsList of species5ce29736e067e_20190520_084035
11082019-05-20pointsshapefile134List of datasetsList of species5ce2a261acea8_20190520_102613
11092019-05-20pointsshapefile280List of datasetsList of species5ce2a261acea8_20190520_103121
11102019-05-20pointskml44List of datasetsList of species5ce2522c5e3d6_20190520_035741
11112019-05-20pointskml44List of datasetsList of species5ce2522c5e3d6_20190520_035538
11122019-05-20pointsshapefile129List of datasetsList of species5ce29736e067e_20190520_084307
11132019-05-17dist_spshapefile46List of datasetsList of species5cde4d0595830_20190517_021058
11142019-05-17dist_spshapefile1List of datasetsList of species5cde2e2671129_20190517_001309
11152019-05-17dist_taxashapefile87List of datasetsList of species5cde5e7ca6be1_20190517_031731
11162019-05-17dist_spshapefile46List of datasetsList of species5cde4d0595830_20190517_021412
11172019-05-13pointsshapefile954List of datasetsList of species5cd98e1cc2c4b_20190513_113316
11182019-05-10dist_spshapefile61List of datasetsList of species5cd5d9c635525_20190510_162810
11192019-05-10dist_spshapefile61List of datasetsList of species5cd5d9c635525_20190510_162140
11202019-05-09pointscsv954List of datasetsList of species5cd48e337f66a_20190509_163408
11212019-05-06pointsshapefile11List of datasetsList of species5cd0bce19bfa7_20190506_192733
11222019-05-06dist_spshapefile1532List of datasetsList of species5cd038a81ddac_20190506_095106
11232019-05-06dist_spcsv1002List of datasetsList of species5cd09db9a9ea3_20190506_165218
11242019-05-06dist_spcsv1002List of datasetsList of species5cd09db9a9ea3_20190506_165459
11252019-04-23pointscsv14List of datasetsList of species5cbefc9466b88_20190423_080013
11262019-04-17dist_taxacsv1List of datasetsList of species5cb720dd0a2e2_20190417_085128
11272019-04-17pointscsv2List of datasetsList of species5cb7328288b0a_20190417_101131
11282019-04-17dist_spcsv1List of datasetsList of species5cb7328288b0a_20190417_100844
11292019-04-10dist_spkml359List of datasetsList of species5cada1e0410a0_20190410_35821
11302019-04-08dist_spkml189List of datasetsList of species5cab203299f6e_20190408_62022
11312019-04-08dist_taxakml1532List of datasetsList of species5cab9e48e6ad2_20190408_151922
11322019-04-07pointscsv283List of datasetsList of species5caa65c1d448f_20190407_171211
11332019-04-05pointscsv67List of datasetsList of species5ca7756c3bded_20190405_114706
11342019-04-05pointscsv26List of datasetsList of species5ca7756c3bded_20190405_114827
11352019-04-05pointscsv16List of datasetsList of species5ca7756c3bded_20190405_115323
11362019-04-05pointscsv82List of datasetsList of species5ca7756c3bded_20190405_115501
11372019-04-05pointscsv55List of datasetsList of species5ca7756c3bded_20190405_114247
11382019-04-05pointscsv954List of datasetsList of species5ca7756c3bded_20190405_114540
11392019-04-05pointscsv15List of datasetsList of species5ca7756c3bded_20190405_114020
11402019-04-05pointscsv283List of datasetsList of species5ca7756c3bded_20190405_114946
11412019-04-05pointscsv1List of datasetsList of species5ca7756c3bded_20190405_115834
11422019-04-05pointscsv2List of datasetsList of species5ca7756c3bded_20190405_115727
11432019-04-05pointscsv5List of datasetsList of species5ca7756c3bded_20190405_115105
11442019-04-05pointscsv15List of datasetsList of species5ca7756c3bded_20190405_115633
11452019-04-05pointscsv9List of datasetsList of species5ca7756c3bded_20190405_115545
11462019-04-02pointsshapefile11List of datasetsList of species5ca32957840ad_20190402_54450
11472019-03-30pointswfs283List of datasetsList of species5c9f86ca1afd8_20190330_111234
11482019-03-30pointswfs283List of datasetsList of species5c9f86ca1afd8_20190330_121844
11492019-03-30pointswfs283List of datasetsList of species5c9f86ca1afd8_20190330_114546
11502019-03-30pointswfs283List of datasetsList of species5c9f86ca1afd8_20190330_111859
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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.