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
2012022-02-25dist_spkml707List of datasetsList of species62187aa4efaf4_20220225_015855
2022022-02-25dist_spkml707List of datasetsList of species62187aa4efaf4_20220225_015503
2032022-02-25dist_spkml707List of datasetsList of species6218801ce6634_20220225_020902
2042022-02-24whole_specieskml9List of datasetsList of species6216520d85f76_20220224_182639
2052022-02-24whole_speciescsv23List of datasetsList of species6216602f63658_20220224_115642
2062022-02-24whole_speciescsv917List of datasetsList of species6216602f63658_20220224_102631
2072022-02-24whole_speciescsv65List of datasetsList of species6217bec62156d_20220224_122628
2082022-02-24whole_speciescsv256List of datasetsList of species6216602f63658_20220224_113011
2092022-02-24whole_speciescsv15List of datasetsList of species6216602f63658_20220224_114352
2102022-02-24whole_speciescsv9List of datasetsList of species6216602f63658_20220224_114450
2112022-02-24dist_spkml22List of datasetsList of species6218567e1cc91_20220224_231256
2122022-02-24dist_spcsv1List of datasetsList of species6217b67e57db6_20220224_120155
2132022-02-24dist_spshapefile1List of datasetsList of species6217b67e57db6_20220224_120219
2142022-02-23dist_spkml2List of datasetsList of species62164a8c806a6_20220223_100702
2152022-02-23dist_spkml9List of datasetsList of species6216535c553e5_20220223_103309
2162022-02-23dist_spkml9List of datasetsList of species62167ca38f7b1_20220223_133351
2172022-02-23dist_spkml9List of datasetsList of species621681ca8b61d_20220223_135045
2182022-02-23dist_spkml9List of datasetsList of species62167f56b6f94_20220223_134652
2192022-02-23dist_spkml45List of datasetsList of species62164fe2597ee_20220223_102656
2202022-02-23dist_spkml45List of datasetsList of species62164fe2597ee_20220223_102709
2212022-02-23whole_datasetcsv1948List of datasetsList of species6216f184bfd85_20220223_214932
2222022-02-23whole_datasetcsv1948List of datasetsList of species6216f184bfd85_20220223_215005
2232022-02-23whole_datasetkml1948List of datasetsList of species621611645dab8_20220223_055845
2242022-02-23whole_datasetcsv1948List of datasetsList of species621611645dab8_20220223_055706
2252022-02-23dist_spkml59List of datasetsList of species6216496aa4fd4_20220223_102922
2262022-02-22dist_spkml59List of datasetsList of species621560e9d0a29_20220222_173127
2272022-02-22dist_spkml59List of datasetsList of species621595e890457_20220222_211113
2282022-02-22dist_spkml59List of datasetsList of species621595e890457_20220222_211128
2292022-02-21whole_speciescsv9List of datasetsList of species6213d76c8a36c_20220221_132313
2302022-02-18whole_speciescsv23List of datasetsList of species620fcbf29c7c5_20220218_114516
2312022-02-17dist_spkml35List of datasetsList of species620d8bbf526bd_20220217_193232
2322022-02-17dist_spkml35List of datasetsList of species620d8bbf526bd_20220217_193236
2332022-02-10dist_spcsv707List of datasetsList of species6202c57722908_20220210_133217
2342022-02-08dist_spcsv707List of datasetsList of species6202c57722908_20220208_150222
2352022-02-08dist_spcsv707List of datasetsList of species6202c57722908_20220208_150507
2362022-02-08dist_spshapefile22List of datasetsList of species62016c3a1ec7e_20220208_113709
2372022-02-04dist_spcsv707List of datasetsList of species61fd621147430_20220204_122850
2382022-02-04dist_spcsv707List of datasetsList of species61fd60c64401e_20220204_122550
2392022-02-02pointsshapefile43List of datasetsList of species61fb0817c5c88_20220202_175754
2402022-02-02dist_spshapefile264List of datasetsList of species61faf27a5c32c_20220202_161827
2412022-02-02dist_spcsv264List of datasetsList of species61faf27a5c32c_20220202_161846
2422022-02-02pointscsv43List of datasetsList of species61fb0817c5c88_20220202_175138
2432022-02-02pointsshapefile2List of datasetsList of species61fb0fe6cc3b0_20220202_182755
2442022-02-02pointscsv2List of datasetsList of species61fb0fe6cc3b0_20220202_182937
2452022-01-31pointscsv917List of datasetsList of species61f7343f2fb40_20220130_200259
2462022-01-31pointsshapefile917List of datasetsList of species61f7343f2fb40_20220130_200250
2472022-01-29whole_speciescsv52List of datasetsList of species61f5872e1410c_20220129_132935
2482022-01-28dist_spcsv807List of datasetsList of species61f3f668d1d5b_20220128_090022
2492022-01-28dist_spcsv707List of datasetsList of species61f3f2f862e11_20220128_085059
2502022-01-25pointscsv917List of datasetsList of species61effb1bb280c_20220125_083422
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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.