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
16512017-05-29dist_taxakml1532List of datasetsList of species592be1ec9382a_20170529_45525
16522017-05-29dist_spshapefile1532List of datasetsList of species592bfce002510_20170529_65217
16532017-05-24pointscsv11List of datasetsList of species5925e01f323da_20170524_153941
16542017-05-23dist_spkml1List of datasetsList of species59248df41099b_20170523_194147
16552017-05-23dist_spkml1List of datasetsList of species59248df41099b_20170523_153217
16562017-05-23pointscsv262List of datasetsList of species592430c898607_20170523_85458
16572017-05-23pointsshapefile262List of datasetsList of species592430c898607_20170523_85445
16582017-05-19dist_spkml732List of datasetsList of species591e8e9042432_20170519_23200
16592017-05-17dist_spkml2List of datasetsList of species591cf9a439446_20170517_221251
16602017-05-17dist_spkml12List of datasetsList of species591cd0d3e54fe_20170517_194643
16612017-05-17dist_spkml49List of datasetsList of species591cd0d3e54fe_20170517_194451
16622017-05-17dist_spkml3List of datasetsList of species591cd0d3e54fe_20170517_193555
16632017-05-17dist_spkml1List of datasetsList of species591cd0d3e54fe_20170517_194814
16642017-05-17dist_spkml46List of datasetsList of species591cd0d3e54fe_20170517_192555
16652017-05-17dist_spkml10List of datasetsList of species591cf58a670be_20170517_212221
16662017-05-17dist_spkml1List of datasetsList of species591cd0d3e54fe_20170517_191857
16672017-05-17dist_spkml3List of datasetsList of species591cd0d3e54fe_20170517_191821
16682017-05-17dist_spkml49List of datasetsList of species591cf9a439446_20170517_213245
16692017-05-17dist_spkml2List of datasetsList of species591d03c3037a1_20170517_221845
16702017-05-17dist_spkml2List of datasetsList of species591cd0d3e54fe_20170517_185805
16712017-05-17dist_spkml2List of datasetsList of species591ce1bcb582d_20170517_195241
16722017-05-17dist_spkml9List of datasetsList of species591d03c3037a1_20170517_222115
16732017-05-17dist_spkml189List of datasetsList of species591cd0d3e54fe_20170517_185447
16742017-05-17dist_spkml4List of datasetsList of species591d03c3037a1_20170517_221607
16752017-05-17dist_spkml10List of datasetsList of species591cd0d3e54fe_20170517_193800
16762017-05-17dist_spkml3List of datasetsList of species591cf58a670be_20170517_212036
16772017-05-17dist_spkml4List of datasetsList of species591ce1bcb582d_20170517_195412
16782017-05-17dist_spkml1List of datasetsList of species591cf9a439446_20170517_213925
16792017-05-17dist_spkml2List of datasetsList of species591ce1bcb582d_20170517_195511
16802017-05-17dist_spkml9List of datasetsList of species591ce346c856f_20170517_195717
16812017-05-17dist_spkml12List of datasetsList of species591cf9a439446_20170517_213541
16822017-05-17pointscsv1List of datasetsList of species591c6fe8b2998_20170517_121055
16832017-05-17dist_spkml1List of datasetsList of species591ce346c856f_20170517_210137
16842017-05-17pointskml283List of datasetsList of species591ce346c856f_20170517_203533
16852017-05-17dist_spkml2List of datasetsList of species591ce346c856f_20170517_205811
16862017-05-17dist_spkml46List of datasetsList of species591ce346c856f_20170517_211214
16872017-05-17dist_spkml189List of datasetsList of species591ce346c856f_20170517_204423
16882017-05-16pointscsv15List of datasetsList of species591ab4b9a311a_20170516_54814
16892017-05-15pointscsv11List of datasetsList of species59199b121c75a_20170515_81313
16902017-05-15pointscsv954List of datasetsList of species591935e1e5671_20170515_11115
16912017-05-11dist_spcsv1532List of datasetsList of species5914dc8c532f5_20170511_175440
16922017-05-03dist_taxakml1532List of datasetsList of species5909830516df5_20170503_85339
16932017-05-03dist_taxakml1532List of datasetsList of species5909830516df5_20170503_85338
16942017-05-03dist_taxakml1532List of datasetsList of species5909830516df5_20170503_85332
16952017-05-03dist_taxakml1532List of datasetsList of species5909830516df5_20170503_85337
16962017-05-03pointsshapefile262List of datasetsList of species5909e02a17bc7_20170503_100407
16972017-05-01dist_spshapefile1List of datasetsList of species59079cfc08b81_20170501_170549
16982017-05-01dist_spcsv1List of datasetsList of species59077c1af02c2_20170501_155019
16992017-04-28dist_spshapefile1List of datasetsList of species59038623df4fd_20170428_141406
17002017-04-28dist_spcsv1List of datasetsList of species59038623df4fd_20170428_143346
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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.