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
18512016-12-14pointskml954List of datasetsList of species58512ce8eb2be_20161214_63741
18522016-12-14pointscsv954List of datasetsList of species58512ce8eb2be_20161214_63720
18532016-12-08pointscsv283List of datasetsList of species5848e9a8b9840_20161208_01752
18542016-12-08pointscsv283List of datasetsList of species5848e9a8b9840_20161208_02636
18552016-12-05dist_spkml316List of datasetsList of species582cdc80e8fe9_20161205_153146
18562016-12-05dist_spkml316List of datasetsList of species582cdc80e8fe9_20161205_174010
18572016-12-04dist_taxakml1760List of datasetsList of species5844d5957ebb8_20161204_215203
18582016-12-02dist_spkml732List of datasetsList of species5841e5f59df11_20161202_162222
18592016-12-02dist_spkml732List of datasetsList of species5841e5f59df11_20161202_162747
18602016-12-02dist_spkml732List of datasetsList of species5841e5f59df11_20161202_162211
18612016-12-02pointswms262List of datasetsList of species5841b686edf26_20161202_134209
18622016-12-02pointscsv262List of datasetsList of species5841b686edf26_20161202_133943
18632016-11-30pointscsv35List of datasetsList of species583f7eace3166_20161130_204810
18642016-11-30pointsshapefile954List of datasetsList of species583de28c7923a_20161130_162344
18652016-11-30pointscsv56List of datasetsList of species583d5633cee28_20161130_15925
18662016-11-30pointscsv954List of datasetsList of species583f190700874_20161130_132827
18672016-11-30pointscsv954List of datasetsList of species583f0ecddbfa7_20161130_124017
18682016-11-30pointsshapefile954List of datasetsList of species583f0d2ed2eb4_20161130_130530
18692016-11-29pointsshapefile67List of datasetsList of species583d913730cb8_20161129_94154
18702016-11-29pointsshapefile67List of datasetsList of species583d913730cb8_20161129_93649
18712016-11-29pointswms67List of datasetsList of species583d913730cb8_20161129_93746
18722016-11-29pointsshapefile954List of datasetsList of species583d952766813_20161129_95005
18732016-11-29pointsshapefile954List of datasetsList of species583d952766813_20161129_111023
18742016-11-29pointsshapefile954List of datasetsList of species583d952766813_20161129_112138
18752016-11-29pointsshapefile954List of datasetsList of species583d952766813_20161129_114401
18762016-11-29pointsshapefile954List of datasetsList of species583d952766813_20161129_114416
18772016-11-29dist_spshapefile732List of datasetsList of species583de28c7923a_20161129_151924
18782016-11-28dist_spcsv61List of datasetsList of species583c202493a9b_20161128_72905
18792016-11-27dist_spkml46List of datasetsList of species583b85a9da6e5_20161127_201734
18802016-11-27dist_spkml46List of datasetsList of species583b8ce7da02f_20161127_205143
18812016-11-27dist_spkml46List of datasetsList of species583b85a9da6e5_20161127_201736
18822016-11-27pointskml15List of datasetsList of species583b8b5ea751a_20161127_204459
18832016-11-27dist_spcsv46List of datasetsList of species583b8ce7da02f_20161127_205812
18842016-11-26dist_spkml3List of datasetsList of species5839aaafd50eb_20161126_103232
18852016-11-23dist_spshapefile61List of datasetsList of species583561e404051_20161123_45116
18862016-11-22dist_taxakml1532List of datasetsList of species58347bcf31537_20161122_121109
18872016-11-22pointsshapefile954List of datasetsList of species58344cfc7e96c_20161122_91902
18882016-11-21dist_spkml1532List of datasetsList of species58333e7fe40fa_20161121_133610
18892016-11-21dist_spkml1532List of datasetsList of species58333e7fe40fa_20161121_133607
18902016-11-21pointsshapefile954List of datasetsList of species58338e5f483f8_20161121_194219
18912016-11-18pointsshapefile954List of datasetsList of species582f465558ebc_20161118_143012
18922016-11-18pointsshapefile1010List of datasetsList of species582f465558ebc_20161118_143232
18932016-11-18pointscsv954List of datasetsList of species582f2debdbcd0_20161118_114302
18942016-11-16pointscsv954List of datasetsList of species582cbfc1f26b5_20161116_152245
18952016-11-14pointsshapefile56List of datasetsList of species582a13d94104c_20161114_144359
18962016-11-13pointsshapefile56List of datasetsList of species5828f720358c3_20161113_182943
18972016-11-12pointscsv283List of datasetsList of species582792fdbe427_20161112_172100
18982016-11-11pointscsv954List of datasetsList of species5825ed94d2b78_20161111_111247
18992016-11-11pointsshapefile11List of datasetsList of species58266863c5cfa_20161111_200136
19002016-11-09pointscsv954List of datasetsList of species58236b1de7d90_20161109_133635
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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.