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
17012017-04-28dist_spshapefile1List of datasetsList of species59038061bf6a3_20170428_134925
17022017-04-28dist_spshapefile189List of datasetsList of species59031d3e847cb_20170428_65013
17032017-04-28pointsshapefile283List of datasetsList of species59031d3e847cb_20170428_64547
17042017-04-28dist_spshapefile3List of datasetsList of species590328733197c_20170428_73326
17052017-04-28dist_spshapefile10List of datasetsList of species590328f965fce_20170428_73541
17062017-04-28dist_spshapefile1List of datasetsList of species59031f9050eb3_20170428_65537
17072017-04-28dist_spshapefile13List of datasetsList of species59031f396b94d_20170428_65417
17082017-04-28dist_spshapefile25List of datasetsList of species590311c1b1a08_20170428_55846
17092017-04-28dist_spshapefile46List of datasetsList of species59032830efcb0_20170428_73225
17102017-04-28dist_spshapefile2List of datasetsList of species590327907a37d_20170428_72936
17112017-04-27dist_taxacsv1List of datasetsList of species5902468d0487d_20170427_153200
17122017-04-27dist_taxakml1List of datasetsList of species5902468d0487d_20170427_153532
17132017-04-27dist_taxashapefile1List of datasetsList of species5902468d0487d_20170427_153421
17142017-04-27dist_taxakml1List of datasetsList of species5902434a567d9_20170427_152054
17152017-04-27dist_taxacsv1List of datasetsList of species5902434a567d9_20170427_152129
17162017-04-27dist_taxashapefile1List of datasetsList of species5902434a567d9_20170427_152109
17172017-04-26dist_taxakml1532List of datasetsList of species5900de362d81c_20170426_135220
17182017-04-26dist_taxakml1532List of datasetsList of species5900de362d81c_20170426_135241
17192017-04-26dist_spshapefile732List of datasetsList of species5900210ac1816_20170426_02551
17202017-04-26dist_spshapefile732List of datasetsList of species590018cd05a99_20170425_235225
17212017-04-25pointsshapefile56List of datasetsList of species59001688efd47_20170425_234007
17222017-04-25pointsshapefile26List of datasetsList of species590015f517649_20170425_233739
17232017-04-25pointsshapefile56List of datasetsList of species590015894fe17_20170425_233557
17242017-04-25pointsshapefile954List of datasetsList of species590018cd05a99_20170425_235035
17252017-04-24pointscsv967List of datasetsList of species58fe5e1117374_20170424_162329
17262017-04-24pointscsv954List of datasetsList of species58fe58a725096_20170424_161117
17272017-04-24dist_spcsv745List of datasetsList of species58fe5ce219eae_20170424_161711
17282017-04-24pointscsv954List of datasetsList of species58fe58a725096_20170424_160449
17292017-04-23dist_spkml1532List of datasetsList of species58fcbcd090afd_20170423_104752
17302017-04-23dist_spcsv1532List of datasetsList of species58fcc177d588b_20170423_114031
17312017-04-21pointsshapefile9List of datasetsList of species58fa31267c39a_20170421_152011
17322017-04-19dist_spkml46List of datasetsList of species58f7863947143_20170419_114649
17332017-04-18pointscsv2List of datasetsList of species58f69a3901e64_20170418_192458
17342017-04-18pointsshapefile2List of datasetsList of species58f69a3901e64_20170418_192428
17352017-04-10pointscsv1624List of datasetsList of species58eb9c57a1bd8_20170410_105924
17362017-04-07pointskml954List of datasetsList of species58e808e5a1ece_20170407_174949
17372017-04-05pointscsv2List of datasetsList of species58e4fc46bbb02_20170405_103725
17382017-04-03pointskml2List of datasetsList of species58e2737d143c3_20170403_121103
17392017-04-03dist_spkml25List of datasetsList of species58e2622b643dc_20170403_105739
17402017-04-03pointsshapefile2List of datasetsList of species58e2737d143c3_20170403_124845
17412017-04-01pointscsv11List of datasetsList of species58e05ddacdd13_20170401_221917
17422017-03-30pointscsv55List of datasetsList of species58dd32698821b_20170330_123801
17432017-03-26dist_spkml46List of datasetsList of species58d7b195875d5_20170326_81848
17442017-03-26dist_spkml189List of datasetsList of species58d808a63f5e9_20170326_144116
17452017-03-24dist_spkml46List of datasetsList of species58d56b8e90bb3_20170324_151957
17462017-03-24dist_spcsv46List of datasetsList of species58d56b8e90bb3_20170324_150931
17472017-03-24dist_spshapefile46List of datasetsList of species58d56b8e90bb3_20170324_150822
17482017-03-24pointsshapefile60List of datasetsList of species58d54683747b3_20170324_132538
17492017-03-24pointsshapefile5List of datasetsList of species58d54683747b3_20170324_132429
17502017-03-22pointskml364List of datasetsList of species58d283fa6977c_20170322_100300
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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.