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
17512017-03-22pointskml364List of datasetsList of species58d283fa6977c_20170322_100301
17522017-03-22pointskml364List of datasetsList of species58d156178e374_20170322_95544
17532017-03-22pointskml364List of datasetsList of species58d283fa6977c_20170322_100258
17542017-03-22pointskml364List of datasetsList of species58d283fa6977c_20170322_100259
17552017-03-22pointskml489List of datasetsList of species58d156178e374_20170322_95747
17562017-03-22pointskml364List of datasetsList of species58d283fa6977c_20170322_100257
17572017-03-22pointskml489List of datasetsList of species58d156178e374_20170322_95744
17582017-03-22pointskml364List of datasetsList of species58d156178e374_20170322_95607
17592017-03-22pointskml364List of datasetsList of species58d283fa6977c_20170322_100250
17602017-03-22pointskml364List of datasetsList of species58d156178e374_20170322_95614
17612017-03-22pointskml364List of datasetsList of species58d156178e374_20170322_95551
17622017-03-22pointskml489List of datasetsList of species58d156178e374_20170322_95755
17632017-03-20dist_spkml732List of datasetsList of species58cfc8ecb3d76_20170320_82020
17642017-03-20pointscsv954List of datasetsList of species58cfc8ecb3d76_20170320_82129
17652017-03-20dist_spcsv732List of datasetsList of species58cfbd13a27be_20170320_80203
17662017-03-17dist_spcsv1532List of datasetsList of species58cbcaa0365a5_20170317_74813
17672017-03-13dist_spkml189List of datasetsList of species58c6c5cba3e3a_20170313_121736
17682017-03-13dist_spkml189List of datasetsList of species58c6c5cba3e3a_20170313_121739
17692017-03-11dist_spcsv972List of datasetsList of species58c429743bae6_20170311_131658
17702017-03-11dist_spcsv972List of datasetsList of species58c429743bae6_20170311_115212
17712017-03-10dist_spkml732List of datasetsList of species58c262f7d3ee7_20170310_32649
17722017-03-09dist_spkml833List of datasetsList of species58c18c2e802c8_20170309_122004
17732017-03-09pointscsv26List of datasetsList of species58c18c2e802c8_20170309_145600
17742017-03-09pointscsv55List of datasetsList of species58c1be70ebccc_20170309_155656
17752017-03-09pointscsv15List of datasetsList of species58c1be70ebccc_20170309_155203
17762017-03-09pointscsv9List of datasetsList of species58c1be70ebccc_20170309_154853
17772017-03-09pointscsv954List of datasetsList of species58c1be70ebccc_20170309_154617
17782017-03-09pointscsv954List of datasetsList of species58c1b3f0a2eba_20170309_154124
17792017-03-09pointscsv11List of datasetsList of species58c1b3f0a2eba_20170309_153918
17802017-03-09pointscsv11List of datasetsList of species58c1b3f0a2eba_20170309_153758
17812017-03-09pointsshapefile11List of datasetsList of species58c1b3f0a2eba_20170309_153503
17822017-03-09pointscsv26List of datasetsList of species58c18c2e802c8_20170309_145034
17832017-03-07dist_spcsv732List of datasetsList of species58be840431fd1_20170307_50237
17842017-02-21pointscsv2List of datasetsList of species58ac5e1d7fb23_20170221_112633
17852017-02-21pointscsv2List of datasetsList of species58ac5e1d7fb23_20170221_104540
17862017-02-08pointsshapefile2020List of datasetsList of species589b7c52c85d5_20170208_151613
17872017-02-03dist_taxakml1532List of datasetsList of species5894666f2cc96_20170203_61605
17882017-02-03dist_taxakml1532List of datasetsList of species5894666f2cc96_20170203_61734
17892017-01-25pointscsv16List of datasetsList of species5888ec618c921_20170125_132722
17902017-01-23pointsshapefile26List of datasetsList of species5885e6bfdf70f_20170123_62448
17912017-01-19dist_spkml189List of datasetsList of species587dfd45f2498_20170119_204123
17922017-01-18pointswfs283List of datasetsList of species587f5adb2fb08_20170118_71513
17932017-01-18pointswms283List of datasetsList of species587f5adb2fb08_20170118_72401
17942017-01-18pointswms283List of datasetsList of species587f5adb2fb08_20170118_71426
17952017-01-18pointskml283List of datasetsList of species587f5adb2fb08_20170118_73731
17962017-01-18pointswms283List of datasetsList of species587f5adb2fb08_20170118_73056
17972017-01-18pointswms283List of datasetsList of species587f5adb2fb08_20170118_73331
17982017-01-18dist_spwms11List of datasetsList of species587f5adb2fb08_20170118_73647
17992017-01-18dist_spwms11List of datasetsList of species587f5adb2fb08_20170118_73702
18002017-01-18pointskml283List of datasetsList of species587f5adb2fb08_20170118_73737
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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.