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
18012017-01-18pointsshapefile262List of datasetsList of species587f5c0f432ce_20170118_72504
18022017-01-18pointsshapefile262List of datasetsList of species587f5c0f432ce_20170118_72524
18032017-01-17dist_spkml189List of datasetsList of species587dfd45f2498_20170117_62007
18042017-01-17dist_spkml189List of datasetsList of species587dfbfa11579_20170117_61258
18052017-01-17dist_spkml1293List of datasetsList of species587e636dea445_20170117_133443
18062017-01-17pointsshapefile9List of datasetsList of species587e901513ec7_20170117_164816
18072017-01-17pointsshapefile55List of datasetsList of species587e47e286df7_20170117_115608
18082017-01-17pointsshapefile55List of datasetsList of species587e47e286df7_20170117_120125
18092017-01-13dist_spkml46List of datasetsList of species587895aa25c4e_20170113_35645
18102017-01-13dist_spkml46List of datasetsList of species587895aa25c4e_20170113_35650
18112017-01-12dist_spkml732List of datasetsList of species5877ce8106612_20170112_134527
18122017-01-10pointskml283List of datasetsList of species5874dd7b1c85e_20170110_81633
18132017-01-09pointsshapefile56List of datasetsList of species58733696e138c_20170109_21109
18142017-01-09pointscsv56List of datasetsList of species58733696e138c_20170109_22451
18152017-01-05pointsshapefile13List of datasetsList of species586f12991976d_20170105_224804
18162017-01-05pointsshapefile13List of datasetsList of species586f12991976d_20170105_224524
18172017-01-04pointsshapefile56List of datasetsList of species586d2a0d25f79_20170104_120242
18182017-01-04pointsshapefile1List of datasetsList of species586d30a59c309_20170104_122839
18192017-01-04pointsshapefile4List of datasetsList of species586d2afc4b2f7_20170104_120531
18202017-01-04pointsshapefile283List of datasetsList of species586d2cdf6f1af_20170104_121249
18212017-01-04pointsshapefile16List of datasetsList of species586d2dc38b343_20170104_121558
18222017-01-04pointsshapefile5List of datasetsList of species586d2ee1a30d7_20170104_122049
18232017-01-04pointsshapefile10List of datasetsList of species586d2f77977a4_20170104_122312
18242017-01-04pointsshapefile55List of datasetsList of species586d302c79e6f_20170104_122626
18252017-01-04pointscsv954List of datasetsList of species586d376d5ee58_20170104_130155
18262017-01-04dist_spcsv732List of datasetsList of species586d376d5ee58_20170104_130225
18272016-12-21pointsshapefile2List of datasetsList of species585af6b35bc5a_20161221_164012
18282016-12-21pointsshapefile15List of datasetsList of species585af645b38b0_20161221_163835
18292016-12-21pointsshapefile2List of datasetsList of species585af13c344fc_20161221_161721
18302016-12-21pointsshapefile15List of datasetsList of species585af3b1b54f7_20161221_162722
18312016-12-21pointsshapefile26List of datasetsList of species585ac1869ce69_20161221_125323
18322016-12-21pointsshapefile262List of datasetsList of species585af41e48834_20161221_162912
18332016-12-21pointsshapefile954List of datasetsList of species585afbd8a58f4_20161221_170209
18342016-12-21pointsshapefile6List of datasetsList of species585afb87917b4_20161221_170054
18352016-12-21pointsshapefile2List of datasetsList of species585afb2a581e3_20161221_165918
18362016-12-21pointsshapefile1List of datasetsList of species585af535bf66d_20161221_163354
18372016-12-21pointsshapefile4List of datasetsList of species585afacc1963c_20161221_165746
18382016-12-21pointsshapefile2List of datasetsList of species585af90315c22_20161221_165010
18392016-12-21pointsshapefile27List of datasetsList of species585af762284ef_20161221_164315
18402016-12-21pointsshapefile9List of datasetsList of species585af5a6885df_20161221_163545
18412016-12-21pointsshapefile9List of datasetsList of species585af5a6885df_20161221_163727
18422016-12-20pointsshapefile26List of datasetsList of species5859a1114bcf5_20161220_162238
18432016-12-20pointsshapefile11List of datasetsList of species5859a093ebc39_20161220_162031
18442016-12-20pointsshapefile26List of datasetsList of species5859a18be7ce8_20161220_162518
18452016-12-20pointsshapefile67List of datasetsList of species5859961871859_20161220_153921
18462016-12-20pointsshapefile16List of datasetsList of species5859993964446_20161220_154918
18472016-12-20pointsshapefile2List of datasetsList of species585999974ec26_20161220_155109
18482016-12-20pointsshapefile11List of datasetsList of species58599b55196be_20161220_155816
18492016-12-20pointsshapefile11List of datasetsList of species58599d1e63a01_20161220_160546
18502016-12-20pointsshapefile26List of datasetsList of species58599dd1e137e_20161220_160856
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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.