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
14012018-05-07pointskml2List of datasetsList of species5af0d2b7e4c27_20180507_182712
14022018-05-07pointskml2List of datasetsList of species5af0d22898922_20180507_182519
14032018-05-07dist_spkml2List of datasetsList of species5af066d57eadf_20180507_105209
14042018-05-07dist_spkml2List of datasetsList of species5af066d57eadf_20180507_104956
14052018-05-07dist_spkml2List of datasetsList of species5af066d57eadf_20180507_105009
14062018-05-07dist_spkml2List of datasetsList of species5af066d57eadf_20180507_105022
14072018-05-07dist_spkml2List of datasetsList of species5af066d57eadf_20180507_105124
14082018-05-03pointsshapefile70List of datasetsList of species5aeac9f534f46_20180503_43943
14092018-05-03dist_taxashapefile37List of datasetsList of species5aeace702a998_20180503_45905
14102018-05-03pointsshapefile1757List of datasetsList of species5aeac642b12c2_20180503_42446
14112018-05-03pointsshapefile159List of datasetsList of species5aead05ec7ab5_20180503_50519
14122018-05-03pointsshapefile2020List of datasetsList of species5aeac8ef238d6_20180503_50005
14132018-05-03pointsshapefile2020List of datasetsList of species5aeac85ba5395_20180503_44433
14142018-05-02dist_taxakml1532List of datasetsList of species5ae955c126652_20180502_20809
14152018-05-02dist_spkml732List of datasetsList of species5ae955e2a4f4f_20180502_21123
14162018-05-02dist_spkml732List of datasetsList of species5ae955e2a4f4f_20180502_20844
14172018-05-02dist_spkml732List of datasetsList of species5ae955e2a4f4f_20180502_20846
14182018-05-02dist_taxakml22List of datasetsList of species5ae956db58898_20180502_21256
14192018-05-02pointsshapefile2020List of datasetsList of species5ae983a05f84d_20180502_52506
14202018-04-30pointscsv55List of datasetsList of species5ae72de433d79_20180430_105448
14212018-04-30pointscsv1List of datasetsList of species5ae72f139593f_20180430_105849
14222018-04-30pointscsv5List of datasetsList of species5ae7301cc3bd4_20180430_110744
14232018-04-30pointscsv2List of datasetsList of species5ae72f9324fdd_20180430_110112
14242018-04-30pointscsv15List of datasetsList of species5ae72e91b88ef_20180430_105657
14252018-04-30pointscsv15List of datasetsList of species5ae72cb25a1ed_20180430_105030
14262018-04-30pointscsv283List of datasetsList of species5ae7326fcd512_20180430_111417
14272018-04-30pointscsv26List of datasetsList of species5ae731d92db7e_20180430_111109
14282018-04-24dist_spshapefile1179List of datasetsList of species5ade939cee8a4_20180423_222243
14292018-04-24dist_spshapefile1384List of datasetsList of species5ade939cee8a4_20180423_223757
14302018-04-22pointskml1315List of datasetsList of species5adc37ed10383_20180422_63725
14312018-04-22pointskml1315List of datasetsList of species5adc37ed10383_20180422_53302
14322018-04-22pointskml1315List of datasetsList of species5adc37ed10383_20180422_53307
14332018-04-21pointskml1371List of datasetsList of species5adb7d10e9d6b_20180421_141518
14342018-04-21pointskml67List of datasetsList of species5adb7d10e9d6b_20180421_140848
14352018-04-19pointscsv56List of datasetsList of species5ad8bd1b921c1_20180419_120118
14362018-04-19pointscsv262List of datasetsList of species5ad8c1f138467_20180419_122123
14372018-04-19pointscsv2List of datasetsList of species5ad8c18ac4e30_20180419_121938
14382018-04-19pointscsv1List of datasetsList of species5ad8c0a5ebb80_20180419_121551
14392018-04-18pointscsv15List of datasetsList of species5ad7722d3f95c_20180418_122853
14402018-04-18pointscsv56List of datasetsList of species5ad77426ab62d_20180418_123715
14412018-04-18pointscsv2List of datasetsList of species5ad7737dd4712_20180418_123429
14422018-04-18pointscsv11List of datasetsList of species5ad76ef92753a_20180418_121510
14432018-04-18pointscsv954List of datasetsList of species5ad76de432a62_20180418_121027
14442018-04-18pointscsv15List of datasetsList of species5ad773b05ac05_20180418_123557
14452018-04-18pointscsv283List of datasetsList of species5ad771069a382_20180418_122352
14462018-04-18pointscsv26List of datasetsList of species5ad77011ed6d8_20180418_121946
14472018-04-18pointscsv67List of datasetsList of species5ad76f86a97d4_20180418_121741
14482018-04-18pointscsv5List of datasetsList of species5ad7747f181a4_20180418_123844
14492018-04-17dist_spkml49List of datasetsList of species5ad61f346e142_20180417_122441
14502018-04-16dist_spkml1002List of datasetsList of species5ad40fa7dc37f_20180415_225429
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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.