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
12012019-02-05pointsshapefile3List of datasetsList of species5c59af8d0811b_20190205_104758
12022019-02-05pointsshapefile11List of datasetsList of species5c59af5bda935_20190205_104838
12032019-02-02dist_spkml189List of datasetsList of species5c552e6371fd2_20190202_04717
12042019-02-01dist_spkml1532List of datasetsList of species5c54d26ac9190_20190201_181731
12052019-01-30dist_taxakml1532List of datasetsList of species5c51af8c83b0c_20190130_90800
12062019-01-25dist_taxacsv8List of datasetsList of species5c4ae4852c261_20190125_54302
12072019-01-22pointsshapefile15List of datasetsList of species5c4748ccc14e6_20190122_114743
12082019-01-17dist_taxakml1532List of datasetsList of species5c405a892cffd_20190117_53937
12092019-01-09dist_spcsv732List of datasetsList of species5c361840ccaf5_20190109_105109
12102018-12-25pointsshapefile26List of datasetsList of species5c21ff126d4c2_20181225_52733
12112018-12-25pointsshapefile26List of datasetsList of species5c22693e0d2b0_20181225_123505
12122018-12-25pointsshapefile26List of datasetsList of species5c21ff126d4c2_20181225_52352
12132018-12-25pointsshapefile26List of datasetsList of species5c21ff126d4c2_20181225_52857
12142018-12-21dist_spkml10List of datasetsList of species5c1cf2d277fee_20181221_90655
12152018-12-17dist_spcsv1179List of datasetsList of species5c1789a9aaae6_20181217_63624
12162018-12-17pointscsv26List of datasetsList of species5c1789a9aaae6_20181217_71041
12172018-12-17pointscsv1396List of datasetsList of species5c1799df22a53_20181217_74445
12182018-12-17pointscsv1396List of datasetsList of species5c179dac87ad9_20181217_80235
12192018-12-17pointscsv369List of datasetsList of species5c17a54105640_20181217_83947
12202018-12-17pointscsv369List of datasetsList of species5c17991583ab0_20181217_82431
12212018-12-17pointscsv1305List of datasetsList of species5c17991583ab0_20181217_81907
12222018-12-17pointscsv317List of datasetsList of species5c178e569f942_20181217_65857
12232018-12-17pointscsv1305List of datasetsList of species5c17a54105640_20181217_83359
12242018-12-16pointsshapefile26List of datasetsList of species5c164f4cab77b_20181216_82216
12252018-12-16pointscsv26List of datasetsList of species5c164f4cab77b_20181216_82951
12262018-12-12pointscsv954List of datasetsList of species5c11132eb9def_20181212_85549
12272018-12-12pointscsv26List of datasetsList of species5c111bb2cf6e9_20181212_93143
12282018-12-11pointscsv56List of datasetsList of species5c0ff238d8e7b_20181211_122619
12292018-12-08dist_spkml25List of datasetsList of species5c0c0329e4cfa_20181208_124714
12302018-12-04pointsshapefile954List of datasetsList of species5c06e8b39c7f2_20181204_155952
12312018-12-04pointscsv954List of datasetsList of species5c06e8b39c7f2_20181204_155710
12322018-12-03pointsshapefile2List of datasetsList of species5c05cbd35a5f3_20181203_194956
12332018-12-03pointscsv2List of datasetsList of species5c05cbd35a5f3_20181203_194917
12342018-11-20dist_spcsv1532List of datasetsList of species5bf440e1031e8_20181120_122543
12352018-11-17pointsshapefile56List of datasetsList of species5bf0883d4b77f_20181117_163816
12362018-11-17pointscsv954List of datasetsList of species5bf06ecc4503f_20181117_144335
12372018-11-15pointskml283List of datasetsList of species5bed5e2611858_20181115_65930
12382018-11-15pointskml283List of datasetsList of species5bed2ef8b4c30_20181115_35417
12392018-11-15dist_spshapefile1002List of datasetsList of species5bed8f847eb26_20181115_102414
12402018-11-12dist_spcsv1184List of datasetsList of species5be973e1c9ea9_20181112_80951
12412018-11-12dist_spcsv1184List of datasetsList of species5be9789ca3825_20181112_75905
12422018-11-06dist_taxakml1532List of datasetsList of species5be18e3cab605_20181106_75347
12432018-11-06dist_taxakml1532List of datasetsList of species5be18b0266358_20181106_74405
12442018-11-06pointscsv2List of datasetsList of species5be1cbc478cda_20181106_123215
12452018-11-06pointscsv2List of datasetsList of species5be1cbc478cda_20181106_124746
12462018-11-06pointskml2List of datasetsList of species5be1cbc478cda_20181106_123203
12472018-11-06pointscsv2List of datasetsList of species5be1cbc478cda_20181106_125021
12482018-11-06pointskml2List of datasetsList of species5be1cbc478cda_20181106_125036
12492018-11-06pointskml2List of datasetsList of species5be1cbc478cda_20181106_124734
12502018-11-05dist_taxakml1718List of datasetsList of species5bdf994974051_20181104_201433
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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.