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
20012016-08-15pointsshapefile283List of datasetsList of species57b1e8aa5dab3_20160815_121010
20022016-08-12pointsshapefile4List of datasetsList of species57adce8a40ced_20160812_102228
20032016-08-12pointsshapefile16List of datasetsList of species57adce8a40ced_20160812_95210
20042016-08-12pointsshapefile1List of datasetsList of species57adce8a40ced_20160812_100022
20052016-08-12pointsshapefile55List of datasetsList of species57adce8a40ced_20160812_100402
20062016-08-12pointsshapefile16List of datasetsList of species57adce8a40ced_20160812_100928
20072016-08-12pointsshapefile106List of datasetsList of species57adce8a40ced_20160812_101346
20082016-08-12pointsshapefile56List of datasetsList of species57adce8a40ced_20160812_101820
20092016-08-12pointsshapefile2List of datasetsList of species57adce8a40ced_20160812_102035
20102016-08-12pointsshapefile1List of datasetsList of species57adce8a40ced_20160812_102910
20112016-08-12pointsshapefile2List of datasetsList of species57adce8a40ced_20160812_103107
20122016-08-12pointsshapefile15List of datasetsList of species57adce8a40ced_20160812_103523
20132016-08-12pointsshapefile10List of datasetsList of species57adce8a40ced_20160812_104016
20142016-08-12pointsshapefile5List of datasetsList of species57adce8a40ced_20160812_104211
20152016-08-12pointsshapefile954List of datasetsList of species57ae0d4eb61de_20160812_141008
20162016-08-12pointsshapefile11List of datasetsList of species57adce8a40ced_20160812_92910
20172016-08-12pointsshapefile26List of datasetsList of species57adce8a40ced_20160812_93923
20182016-08-12pointsshapefile67List of datasetsList of species57adce8a40ced_20160812_94717
20192016-08-09pointsshapefile1957List of datasetsList of species57a970569a29b_20160809_23531
20202016-08-09dist_taxashapefile1272List of datasetsList of species57a970569a29b_20160809_21547
20212016-08-09dist_taxashapefile1273List of datasetsList of species57a970569a29b_20160809_22133
20222016-08-09pointsshapefile1700List of datasetsList of species57a970569a29b_20160809_22557
20232016-08-09dist_taxashapefile1476List of datasetsList of species57a970569a29b_20160809_23402
20242016-08-04pointscsv954List of datasetsList of species57a31c181ea6b_20160804_64552
20252016-08-04pointsshapefile26List of datasetsList of species57a3481e9b69b_20160804_95303
20262016-08-04pointscsv26List of datasetsList of species57a3352f3ebd7_20160804_83825
20272016-08-04pointscsv26List of datasetsList of species57a3352f3ebd7_20160804_85203
20282016-07-26pointscsv67List of datasetsList of species5797be40e018f_20160726_155919
20292016-07-26pointswfs2List of datasetsList of species579758abb8215_20160726_84639
20302016-07-26pointscsv2List of datasetsList of species579758abb8215_20160726_84140
20312016-07-18pointscsv15List of datasetsList of species578d8995208fa_20160718_220033
20322016-07-18pointscsv55List of datasetsList of species578c85d4a0128_20160718_33251
20332016-07-15dist_spkml49List of datasetsList of species5789483559b62_20160715_165146
20342016-07-14diversityshapefile1384List of datasetsList of species5787ea218431b_20160714_154416
20352016-07-14dist_spshapefile995List of datasetsList of species5787ea218431b_20160714_160914
20362016-07-13pointscsv6List of datasetsList of species578365174f028_20160713_05630
20372016-07-13pointscsv16List of datasetsList of species578365174f028_20160713_30613
20382016-07-12pointskml5List of datasetsList of species5784af3631fa8_20160712_83100
20392016-07-12diversitykml1384List of datasetsList of species578403ebe6010_20160712_163511
20402016-07-11pointscsv15List of datasetsList of species578365174f028_20160711_222250
20412016-07-11pointscsv56List of datasetsList of species578365174f028_20160711_52208
20422016-07-09pointsshapefile4List of datasetsList of species5780aa2cebb79_20160709_35824
20432016-07-09pointsshapefile2List of datasetsList of species5780aa2cebb79_20160709_40016
20442016-07-09pointscsv2List of datasetsList of species5780aa2cebb79_20160709_42251
20452016-07-09pointscsv4List of datasetsList of species5780aa2cebb79_20160709_42327
20462016-07-04dist_spkml283List of datasetsList of species577a6cbb436cc_20160704_101316
20472016-07-04dist_spkml283List of datasetsList of species577a6cbb436cc_20160704_101320
20482016-07-04dist_spkml283List of datasetsList of species577a6cbb436cc_20160704_101315
20492016-07-04dist_spkml283List of datasetsList of species577a7115a0657_20160704_102518
20502016-07-04dist_spkml283List of datasetsList of species577a7115a0657_20160704_102544
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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.