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
11512019-03-30pointscsv283List of datasetsList of species5c9f86ca1afd8_20190330_121906
11522019-03-29pointscsv26List of datasetsList of species5c9e5d34ebab8_20190329_140237
11532019-03-29pointsshapefile26List of datasetsList of species5c9e5695ae864_20190329_134246
11542019-03-28pointscsv67List of datasetsList of species5c9cdf5717385_20190328_105807
11552019-03-28pointscsv26List of datasetsList of species5c9cdf404abfb_20190328_105604
11562019-03-28pointscsv954List of datasetsList of species5c9cdf50c4122_20190328_105929
11572019-03-25pointscsv283List of datasetsList of species5c98dc88c1c28_20190325_95149
11582019-03-25pointscsv283List of datasetsList of species5c991b0be4aff_20190325_142824
11592019-03-21pointscsv954List of datasetsList of species5c93ec24d9fe3_20190321_155907
11602019-03-21pointscsv954List of datasetsList of species5c9416831ddc0_20190321_185652
11612019-03-18pointsshapefile991List of datasetsList of species5c8fb65d6a089_20190318_112239
11622019-03-17pointscsv283List of datasetsList of species5c8eb900391bb_20190317_174025
11632019-03-16dist_taxacsv1333List of datasetsList of species5c8ccfa5333e8_20190316_63316
11642019-03-15dist_spshapefile61List of datasetsList of species5c8b72c9eac42_20190315_73212
11652019-03-15dist_spshapefile1532List of datasetsList of species5c8b97e048966_20190315_82426
11662019-03-14pointscsv11List of datasetsList of species5c8a8aa1bc6c4_20190314_131125
11672019-03-14pointscsv11List of datasetsList of species5c8a8aa1bc6c4_20190314_132348
11682019-03-14pointscsv11List of datasetsList of species5c8a8aa1bc6c4_20190314_132438
11692019-03-14dist_spcsv151List of datasetsList of species5c8a9081070d0_20190314_133547
11702019-03-14pointscsv262List of datasetsList of species5c8a9081070d0_20190314_133709
11712019-03-14pointscsv16List of datasetsList of species5c8ab25f7dc13_20190314_155841
11722019-03-14pointscsv26List of datasetsList of species5c8a941857e1a_20190314_134938
11732019-03-14pointscsv954List of datasetsList of species5c8a94b3241f5_20190314_135224
11742019-03-14pointscsv67List of datasetsList of species5c8a93be8646a_20190314_134757
11752019-03-14pointscsv2List of datasetsList of species5c8a9335ea5b8_20190314_134549
11762019-03-14pointscsv283List of datasetsList of species5c8ac2f91539d_20190314_170934
11772019-03-14pointscsv262List of datasetsList of species5c8abfb701f88_20190314_165617
11782019-03-12pointskml283List of datasetsList of species5c86f7f3d0c3d_20190311_200726
11792019-03-12pointskml283List of datasetsList of species5c86f7f3d0c3d_20190311_200740
11802019-03-12pointskml283List of datasetsList of species5c86f7f3d0c3d_20190311_200806
11812019-03-12dist_spkml189List of datasetsList of species5c86f71caaf3d_20190311_200446
11822019-03-12dist_spkml189List of datasetsList of species5c86f71caaf3d_20190311_200613
11832019-03-06dist_spkml189List of datasetsList of species5c7fb87a4a04d_20190306_71349
11842019-03-06dist_spkml189List of datasetsList of species5c7fb87a4a04d_20190306_71421
11852019-03-06dist_spkml189List of datasetsList of species5c7fbbd59d728_20190306_72414
11862019-03-06dist_spkml189List of datasetsList of species5c7fee6912e65_20190306_110137
11872019-03-06dist_spkml11List of datasetsList of species5c8020835535d_20190306_143444
11882019-03-04pointsshapefile283List of datasetsList of species5c7d2c404b21a_20190304_85853
11892019-02-20pointscsv954List of datasetsList of species5c6d95256830c_20190220_130049
11902019-02-19pointscsv11List of datasetsList of species5c6bcce4306c0_20190219_53453
11912019-02-15pointscsv283List of datasetsList of species5c660cfcba32d_20190214_195620
11922019-02-14pointscsv283List of datasetsList of species5c657825a21bb_20190214_95658
11932019-02-12dist_spkml732List of datasetsList of species5c62eef18bdea_20190212_113557
11942019-02-12dist_spkml732List of datasetsList of species5c62eef18bdea_20190212_113555
11952019-02-11pointscsv954List of datasetsList of species5c61066fdc9c8_20190211_02254
11962019-02-11pointscsv954List of datasetsList of species5c610e87ca19d_20190211_12116
11972019-02-11dist_spcsv732List of datasetsList of species5c610e87ca19d_20190211_11302
11982019-02-05dist_spkml2List of datasetsList of species5c59b451f2530_20190205_111249
11992019-02-05dist_spkml2List of datasetsList of species5c59b451f2530_20190205_110624
12002019-02-05dist_spkml2List of datasetsList of species5c59b451f2530_20190205_110547
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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.