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
15012018-01-11dist_taxakml1532List of datasetsList of species5a57ae0b5652e_20180111_133812
15022018-01-11dist_taxakml1532List of datasetsList of species5a57ae0b5652e_20180111_133807
15032018-01-11dist_taxakml1532List of datasetsList of species5a57ae0b5652e_20180111_133820
15042018-01-11dist_taxakml1532List of datasetsList of species5a57ae0b5652e_20180111_133813
15052018-01-11dist_taxakml1532List of datasetsList of species5a57ae0b5652e_20180111_133822
15062018-01-06pointsshapefile954List of datasetsList of species5a5052544f21e_20180105_234348
15072018-01-06pointscsv954List of datasetsList of species5a5052544f21e_20180105_234312
15082018-01-06pointswms954List of datasetsList of species5a5052544f21e_20180105_234424
15092018-01-03dist_spkml61List of datasetsList of species5a4d52a840af3_20180103_170518
15102017-12-15pointsshapefile283List of datasetsList of species5a343e6e57913_20171215_164614
15112017-12-13dist_spkml189List of datasetsList of species5a31a887c7f87_20171213_172611
15122017-12-13dist_spkml189List of datasetsList of species5a31a887c7f87_20171213_172608
15132017-12-11pointsshapefile2List of datasetsList of species5a2e86aed578a_20171211_84436
15142017-12-08pointsshapefile954List of datasetsList of species5a2b3069c5582_20171208_204825
15152017-12-06dist_spkml11List of datasetsList of species5a28660f21fc4_20171206_165155
15162017-12-05dist_taxakml1718List of datasetsList of species5a2745da3756b_20171205_202458
15172017-12-05dist_taxakml1718List of datasetsList of species5a2745da3756b_20171205_202454
15182017-11-30dist_spkml189List of datasetsList of species5a1fe9f609220_20171130_62237
15192017-11-26dist_taxakml1532List of datasetsList of species5a1af15922484_20171126_115250
15202017-11-26dist_taxakml1532List of datasetsList of species5a1af15922484_20171126_115255
15212017-11-26dist_taxakml1532List of datasetsList of species5a1af15922484_20171126_115258
15222017-11-18pointscsv281List of datasetsList of species5a0fc9811a232_20171118_05414
15232017-11-18dist_spcsv1List of datasetsList of species5a0fc9811a232_20171118_05225
15242017-11-18pointscsv2List of datasetsList of species5a0fc9811a232_20171118_05313
15252017-11-18pointscsv283List of datasetsList of species5a0fc9811a232_20171118_05206
15262017-11-18pointskml281List of datasetsList of species5a0fc9811a232_20171118_05453
15272017-11-15pointsshapefile1List of datasetsList of species5a0c6bb71d924_20171115_113525
15282017-11-15pointsshapefile1List of datasetsList of species5a0c6bb71d924_20171115_113456
15292017-11-08pointscsv283List of datasetsList of species5a02e910863a2_20171108_63609
15302017-11-05pointscsv2List of datasetsList of species59ff430ebb198_20171105_122448
15312017-11-05pointscsv954List of datasetsList of species59ffa94011be7_20171105_192154
15322017-11-02pointscsv15List of datasetsList of species59fb224648bbe_20171102_100003
15332017-11-02pointscsv55List of datasetsList of species59fb29cec4745_20171102_102152
15342017-11-02pointscsv5List of datasetsList of species59fb287856292_20171102_101751
15352017-11-02pointscsv2List of datasetsList of species59fb27b92396e_20171102_101240
15362017-11-02pointscsv15List of datasetsList of species59fb26d3b9818_20171102_100905
15372017-11-02dist_spcsv10List of datasetsList of species59fb224648bbe_20171102_95404
15382017-11-02dist_spshapefile3List of datasetsList of species59fb9e00744c9_20171102_185024
15392017-10-30dist_taxakml1532List of datasetsList of species59f708b00483d_20171030_71253
15402017-10-30dist_taxakml1532List of datasetsList of species59f708b00483d_20171030_71303
15412017-10-26pointscsv56List of datasetsList of species59f249bbe789f_20171026_165109
15422017-10-25dist_taxakml1718List of datasetsList of species59f0dfbfdd447_20171025_150327
15432017-10-25dist_spshapefile49List of datasetsList of species59f099fb4df26_20171025_101728
15442017-10-25pointsshapefile56List of datasetsList of species59f099fb4df26_20171025_101126
15452017-10-19pointscsv15List of datasetsList of species59e8e01e64b62_20171019_134105
15462017-10-19pointscsv15List of datasetsList of species59e8e01e64b62_20171019_133029
15472017-10-18pointscsv2020List of datasetsList of species59e7240600df0_20171018_60719
15482017-10-18pointsshapefile2020List of datasetsList of species59e7240600df0_20171018_61422
15492017-10-17dist_taxakml1532List of datasetsList of species59e6146aa8108_20171017_103245
15502017-10-17dist_taxakml1532List of datasetsList of species59e6146aa8108_20171017_103224
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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.