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
14512018-04-16pointscsv10List of datasetsList of species5ad49e044022a_20180416_90620
14522018-04-16pointscsv55List of datasetsList of species5ad49e044022a_20180416_91153
14532018-04-16pointscsv15List of datasetsList of species5ad49e044022a_20180416_91638
14542018-04-05dist_spshapefile1184List of datasetsList of species5ac61df9188f6_20180405_102636
14552018-04-05dist_spshapefile1240List of datasetsList of species5ac61df9188f6_20180405_105309
14562018-03-28dist_spkml732List of datasetsList of species5abbbd7b60584_20180328_164037
14572018-03-26pointsshapefile283List of datasetsList of species5ab9649cb2661_20180326_172754
14582018-03-15pointskml16List of datasetsList of species5aaa867e0547b_20180315_104516
14592018-03-15pointskml16List of datasetsList of species5aaa867e0547b_20180315_104519
14602018-03-15pointscsv283List of datasetsList of species5aaae74da8cc6_20180315_174820
14612018-03-06pointscsv56List of datasetsList of species5a9ebfd3bf034_20180306_112153
14622018-03-05pointsshapefile2List of datasetsList of species5a9df345c8c41_20180305_212403
14632018-02-07pointsshapefile673List of datasetsList of species5a7b67207117c_20180207_160101
14642018-02-07dist_spcsv6List of datasetsList of species5a7a4e26c6b8d_20180206_234457
14652018-02-07dist_spshapefile25List of datasetsList of species5a7b566090a35_20180207_145300
14662018-02-06dist_spkml189List of datasetsList of species5a798436462d4_20180206_53257
14672018-01-30pointscsv283List of datasetsList of species5a7097a9ec735_20180130_111355
14682018-01-25dist_spcsv530List of datasetsList of species5a69f52df312c_20180125_102213
14692018-01-22pointsshapefile954List of datasetsList of species5a65f2d261f02_20180122_92226
14702018-01-19pointsshapefile55List of datasetsList of species5a61dedd3cf29_20180119_70609
14712018-01-14dist_taxakml1532List of datasetsList of species5a5b39e6c2351_20180114_60920
14722018-01-12dist_taxakml1532List of datasetsList of species5a58df870af69_20180112_111721
14732018-01-12dist_spshapefile189List of datasetsList of species5a5871e21adca_20180112_95307
14742018-01-12dist_spshapefile61List of datasetsList of species5a5871e21adca_20180112_80210
14752018-01-12dist_spcsv151List of datasetsList of species5a5871e21adca_20180112_83544
14762018-01-12dist_spcsv1237List of datasetsList of species5a5871e21adca_20180112_53201
14772018-01-12dist_spshapefile1188List of datasetsList of species5a5871e21adca_20180112_52252
14782018-01-12dist_spcsv61List of datasetsList of species5a5871e21adca_20180112_81552
14792018-01-12dist_spshapefile151List of datasetsList of species5a5871e21adca_20180112_83507
14802018-01-12dist_spshapefile15List of datasetsList of species5a5871e21adca_20180112_82129
14812018-01-12dist_spcsv732List of datasetsList of species5a5871e21adca_20180112_94329
14822018-01-12dist_spshapefile732List of datasetsList of species5a5871e21adca_20180112_94404
14832018-01-12dist_spshapefile1237List of datasetsList of species5a5871e21adca_20180112_52327
14842018-01-12dist_spshapefile781List of datasetsList of species5a5871e21adca_20180112_94536
14852018-01-12dist_spcsv781List of datasetsList of species5a5871e21adca_20180112_94617
14862018-01-12dist_spcsv921List of datasetsList of species5a5871e21adca_20180112_94706
14872018-01-12dist_spshapefile921List of datasetsList of species5a5871e21adca_20180112_94747
14882018-01-12dist_spcsv189List of datasetsList of species5a5871e21adca_20180112_95219
14892018-01-12dist_spshapefile189List of datasetsList of species5a5871e21adca_20180112_51453
14902018-01-12dist_spcsv25List of datasetsList of species5a5871e21adca_20180112_83044
14912018-01-12dist_spshapefile49List of datasetsList of species5a5871e21adca_20180112_95536
14922018-01-12dist_spshapefile25List of datasetsList of species5a5871e21adca_20180112_83116
14932018-01-12dist_spcsv49List of datasetsList of species5a5871e21adca_20180112_95619
14942018-01-12dist_spshapefile2List of datasetsList of species5a5871e21adca_20180112_83217
14952018-01-12dist_spshapefile11List of datasetsList of species5a5871e21adca_20180112_82810
14962018-01-12dist_spcsv11List of datasetsList of species5a5871e21adca_20180112_82739
14972018-01-12dist_spcsv2List of datasetsList of species5a5871e21adca_20180112_82654
14982018-01-12dist_spshapefile2List of datasetsList of species5a5871e21adca_20180112_82614
14992018-01-12dist_spcsv2List of datasetsList of species5a5871e21adca_20180112_83255
15002018-01-12dist_spcsv15List of datasetsList of species5a5871e21adca_20180112_82228
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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.