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
13512018-06-01dist_taxacsv18List of datasetsList of species5b1209d0bccff_20180601_232056
13522018-06-01dist_spshapefile11List of datasetsList of species5b11388a1bd41_20180601_81506
13532018-05-30dist_spshapefile189List of datasetsList of species5b0a6efc6cc80_20180530_15435
13542018-05-22pointskml2List of datasetsList of species5b042f6994391_20180522_105620
13552018-05-22pointskml2List of datasetsList of species5b042f6994391_20180522_105639
13562018-05-22dist_spkml2List of datasetsList of species5b042f6994391_20180522_105540
13572018-05-21pointswms5List of datasetsList of species5b02fa542d02f_20180521_154157
13582018-05-21pointswms285List of datasetsList of species5b02fa542d02f_20180521_154312
13592018-05-21pointswms256List of datasetsList of species5b02fa542d02f_20180521_154427
13602018-05-21pointswms2List of datasetsList of species5b02fa542d02f_20180521_154522
13612018-05-21pointswms285List of datasetsList of species5b02fa542d02f_20180521_154255
13622018-05-21pointsshapefile2List of datasetsList of species5b02fa542d02f_20180521_154457
13632018-05-21pointswms2List of datasetsList of species5b02fa542d02f_20180521_154442
13642018-05-21pointswfs2List of datasetsList of species5b02fa542d02f_20180521_154526
13652018-05-19pointsshapefile67List of datasetsList of species5b001ba5ac9a9_20180519_84453
13662018-05-18pointscsv954List of datasetsList of species5aff074de5037_20180518_130751
13672018-05-15dist_spwms151List of datasetsList of species5afa7a2ab89d0_20180515_21814
13682018-05-15dist_spcsv15List of datasetsList of species5afa7a2ab89d0_20180515_22250
13692018-05-15dist_spcsv732List of datasetsList of species5afa7a2ab89d0_20180515_21912
13702018-05-15dist_spcsv61List of datasetsList of species5afa7a2ab89d0_20180515_22312
13712018-05-15dist_spcsv11List of datasetsList of species5afa7a2ab89d0_20180515_22152
13722018-05-15dist_spcsv151List of datasetsList of species5afa7a2ab89d0_20180515_21704
13732018-05-14pointscsv26List of datasetsList of species5af956e013ebb_20180514_53001
13742018-05-14pointscsv56List of datasetsList of species5af95662e8d38_20180514_52814
13752018-05-14pointsshapefile55List of datasetsList of species5af96ea38d74f_20180514_71047
13762018-05-14pointsshapefile67List of datasetsList of species5af955ebcde8b_20180514_52547
13772018-05-14pointscsv67List of datasetsList of species5af955ebcde8b_20180514_52613
13782018-05-14pointsshapefile56List of datasetsList of species5af95662e8d38_20180514_52749
13792018-05-14pointsshapefile26List of datasetsList of species5af956e013ebb_20180514_52938
13802018-05-14pointsshapefile15List of datasetsList of species5af96f7e356dd_20180514_71440
13812018-05-09dist_spshapefile25List of datasetsList of species5af2e00f09c0c_20180509_80608
13822018-05-09pointsshapefile5List of datasetsList of species5af2eeda2a99f_20180509_85202
13832018-05-09pointsshapefile2List of datasetsList of species5af2f04698cd2_20180509_85753
13842018-05-09dist_taxashapefile2List of datasetsList of species5af2f2ee885e6_20180509_90954
13852018-05-09pointsshapefile5List of datasetsList of species5af2eeda2a99f_20180509_85440
13862018-05-09pointsshapefile26List of datasetsList of species5af2e85b654b0_20180509_84051
13872018-05-09pointsshapefile26List of datasetsList of species5af2e85b654b0_20180509_83030
13882018-05-09pointsshapefile2List of datasetsList of species5af2f3e7e1390_20180509_91405
13892018-05-09pointsshapefile26List of datasetsList of species5af2e85b654b0_20180509_82425
13902018-05-09pointsshapefile1List of datasetsList of species5af2f27db085b_20180509_90734
13912018-05-09dist_spcsv25List of datasetsList of species5af2e00f09c0c_20180509_81725
13922018-05-09pointsshapefile283List of datasetsList of species5af2edd964519_20180509_84743
13932018-05-09pointsshapefile15List of datasetsList of species5af2f17550868_20180509_90309
13942018-05-09dist_spkml25List of datasetsList of species5af2e00f09c0c_20180509_81044
13952018-05-09pointsshapefile15List of datasetsList of species5af2f1e93e103_20180509_90454
13962018-05-09pointsshapefile55List of datasetsList of species5af2f104e75d7_20180509_90105
13972018-05-07pointskml10List of datasetsList of species5af0d187e6e24_20180507_182215
13982018-05-07pointskml4List of datasetsList of species5af0d0855c630_20180507_181746
13992018-05-07pointskml16List of datasetsList of species5af0d0d7ade15_20180507_181912
14002018-05-07pointskml55List of datasetsList of species5af0d1f51b350_20180507_182403
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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.