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
16012017-07-26pointscsv15List of datasetsList of species597931ce3514a_20170726_203653
16022017-07-26pointscsv11List of datasetsList of species597931ce3514a_20170726_202401
16032017-07-26pointscsv55List of datasetsList of species597931ce3514a_20170726_205323
16042017-07-25pointscsv283List of datasetsList of species597758394a579_20170725_105211
16052017-07-11dist_spkml10List of datasetsList of species5964b35caee85_20170711_71621
16062017-07-11dist_spkml15List of datasetsList of species5964aec812f1a_20170711_65923
16072017-07-11dist_spkml15List of datasetsList of species5964aec812f1a_20170711_65928
16082017-06-24dist_spkml189List of datasetsList of species594e483f9c5ad_20170624_81744
16092017-06-24dist_spkml189List of datasetsList of species594e483f9c5ad_20170624_81743
16102017-06-24dist_spkml189List of datasetsList of species594e460678f23_20170624_70814
16112017-06-24dist_spkml189List of datasetsList of species594e460678f23_20170624_70813
16122017-06-22pointscsv2020List of datasetsList of species594bec254119a_20170622_141543
16132017-06-19dist_taxakml1718List of datasetsList of species59484a391fc64_20170619_180408
16142017-06-19dist_taxakml1718List of datasetsList of species59484a391fc64_20170619_180430
16152017-06-12pointsshapefile9List of datasetsList of species593ebeb4d2abf_20170612_133509
16162017-06-09pointscsv15List of datasetsList of species5939d1a6a448d_20170609_10621
16172017-06-09pointscsv26List of datasetsList of species5939d1a6a448d_20170609_132339
16182017-06-09pointscsv55List of datasetsList of species5939d1a6a448d_20170609_131811
16192017-06-08dist_spkml10List of datasetsList of species5939d1a6a448d_20170608_183816
16202017-06-08pointsshapefile954List of datasetsList of species59397e3b8330b_20170608_124152
16212017-06-08pointscsv15List of datasetsList of species5939d1a6a448d_20170608_203013
16222017-06-07pointsshapefile11List of datasetsList of species593815924af9e_20170607_110702
16232017-06-05dist_spkml25List of datasetsList of species5935b4cf3d552_20170605_154716
16242017-06-01dist_spkml732List of datasetsList of species593050fdc4a87_20170601_134116
16252017-06-01dist_spkml732List of datasetsList of species593050fdc4a87_20170601_134119
16262017-06-01dist_spkml61List of datasetsList of species59309c672384d_20170601_191608
16272017-06-01pointsshapefile11List of datasetsList of species593065dfc6a42_20170601_150738
16282017-06-01pointsshapefile10List of datasetsList of species59306d80b03db_20170601_154105
16292017-06-01pointsshapefile2List of datasetsList of species5930654c4fd88_20170601_150512
16302017-06-01pointsshapefile16List of datasetsList of species59306bef696f1_20170601_153325
16312017-06-01pointsshapefile15List of datasetsList of species5930682da9ac9_20170601_151740
16322017-06-01pointsshapefile954List of datasetsList of species5930667e8c958_20170601_151007
16332017-06-01pointsshapefile5List of datasetsList of species59306cdff189f_20170601_153723
16342017-06-01pointsshapefile2List of datasetsList of species593069a7664d7_20170601_152349
16352017-06-01pointsshapefile56List of datasetsList of species59306ab4e8947_20170601_152826
16362017-06-01pointsshapefile55List of datasetsList of species59306ebfd019f_20170601_154520
16372017-06-01pointsshapefile9List of datasetsList of species5930690f17214_20170601_152104
16382017-06-01pointsshapefile4List of datasetsList of species59306b64683f6_20170601_153111
16392017-06-01pointsshapefile1List of datasetsList of species593068bbdd868_20170601_151941
16402017-06-01pointsshapefile2List of datasetsList of species59306f4618291_20170601_154743
16412017-06-01pointsshapefile15List of datasetsList of species59306722c1026_20170601_151342
16422017-05-31dist_spshapefile1532List of datasetsList of species592e5ebf989ec_20170531_23232
16432017-05-30dist_spkml189List of datasetsList of species592d324ae7ccc_20170530_45222
16442017-05-30dist_spkml189List of datasetsList of species592d324ae7ccc_20170530_45221
16452017-05-29dist_spkml189List of datasetsList of species592ce12c80ab4_20170529_231056
16462017-05-29dist_taxakml1532List of datasetsList of species592be150c82a4_20170529_45304
16472017-05-29dist_taxakml1479List of datasetsList of species592be150c82a4_20170529_45332
16482017-05-29dist_taxakml1479List of datasetsList of species592be150c82a4_20170529_45325
16492017-05-29dist_taxakml1532List of datasetsList of species592be150c82a4_20170529_45300
16502017-05-29dist_taxakml1532List of datasetsList of species592be205ece67_20170529_45551
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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.