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
15512017-10-17dist_taxakml1532List of datasetsList of species59e6146aa8108_20171017_103227
15522017-10-17dist_taxakml1532List of datasetsList of species59e6146aa8108_20171017_103233
15532017-10-17dist_taxakml1532List of datasetsList of species59e6146aa8108_20171017_103225
15542017-10-17dist_taxakml1532List of datasetsList of species59e6146aa8108_20171017_103221
15552017-10-14pointscsv125List of datasetsList of species59e1c19d777b7_20171014_35811
15562017-10-12pointscsv56List of datasetsList of species59df8ae4a7657_20171012_113259
15572017-10-12pointscsv56List of datasetsList of species59df9b9fcd9d0_20171012_124503
15582017-10-11dist_taxacsv5List of datasetsList of species59dd940a60493_20171010_234742
15592017-10-11dist_taxacsv5List of datasetsList of species59ddb99bd0231_20171011_23023
15602017-10-09dist_taxacsv5List of datasetsList of species59db4f9bc80fe_20171009_73028
15612017-10-09pointscsv4List of datasetsList of species59db9f8ec02d0_20171009_122753
15622017-10-08pointsshapefile56List of datasetsList of species59da6a6b68327_20171008_141225
15632017-09-28pointscsv954List of datasetsList of species59cd00ddd82ee_20170928_100337
15642017-09-27pointskml1List of datasetsList of species59cbd0886413e_20170927_122822
15652017-09-27dist_taxakml1532List of datasetsList of species59cbc7a42f5e6_20170927_114634
15662017-09-27pointskml1List of datasetsList of species59cbd0886413e_20170927_122402
15672017-09-27dist_spcsv1532List of datasetsList of species59cbededde967_20170927_142941
15682017-09-25dist_spcsv1List of datasetsList of species59c8fb6356962_20170925_85024
15692017-09-25pointscsv1List of datasetsList of species59c8d8e66543c_20170925_63901
15702017-09-19pointscsv2020List of datasetsList of species59c19a02a702a_20170919_183105
15712017-09-14pointscsv954List of datasetsList of species59ba418da02c5_20170914_45139
15722017-09-13dist_taxakml1718List of datasetsList of species59b93b66aad44_20170913_101348
15732017-09-13dist_taxakml1718List of datasetsList of species59b93b66aad44_20170913_101353
15742017-08-31dist_spkml25List of datasetsList of species59a81be91b0cc_20170831_103246
15752017-08-28pointscsv82List of datasetsList of species59a31fc4d6b65_20170828_20934
15762017-08-28pointscsv5List of datasetsList of species59a48333c53b1_20170828_220607
15772017-08-28pointscsv2List of datasetsList of species59a48333c53b1_20170828_165626
15782017-08-27pointscsv82List of datasetsList of species59a30a033519d_20170827_145739
15792017-08-27pointscsv82List of datasetsList of species59a31fc4d6b65_20170827_154836
15802017-08-27pointscsv82List of datasetsList of species59a30a033519d_20170827_140743
15812017-08-24pointskml1List of datasetsList of species599ef5baa2a09_20170824_115129
15822017-08-23dist_spkml189List of datasetsList of species599de59a7a574_20170823_165517
15832017-08-23dist_spkml189List of datasetsList of species599de59a7a574_20170823_165421
15842017-08-23dist_spcsv189List of datasetsList of species599de59a7a574_20170823_163316
15852017-08-23dist_spkml189List of datasetsList of species599de59a7a574_20170823_164425
15862017-08-19pointskml75List of datasetsList of species59986279b572d_20170819_123432
15872017-08-19pointskml75List of datasetsList of species59986279b572d_20170819_123443
15882017-08-17pointscsv55List of datasetsList of species5995baa4ab3ad_20170817_115700
15892017-08-17pointscsv82List of datasetsList of species5995badcc0d27_20170817_123159
15902017-08-17pointscsv15List of datasetsList of species5995b93a4a507_20170817_115358
15912017-08-15dist_spkml189List of datasetsList of species5993893782533_20170815_195252
15922017-08-14pointscsv10List of datasetsList of species599231284235c_20170814_201519
15932017-08-14pointscsv10List of datasetsList of species599231284235c_20170814_193713
15942017-08-13pointskml2020List of datasetsList of species599098246c60d_20170813_142137
15952017-08-12dist_taxakml1532List of datasetsList of species598ecb3a56bb3_20170812_53329
15962017-08-12dist_taxakml1532List of datasetsList of species598ecb3a56bb3_20170812_53330
15972017-08-12pointsshapefile270List of datasetsList of species598fb360b8a9e_20170812_220946
15982017-08-12pointscsv270List of datasetsList of species598fb360b8a9e_20170812_221021
15992017-08-10pointscsv954List of datasetsList of species598be4d91c671_20170810_04944
16002017-07-26pointscsv26List of datasetsList of species597931ce3514a_20170726_204448
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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.