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
20512016-07-04dist_spkml283List of datasetsList of species577a7115a0657_20160704_102511
20522016-07-04dist_spkml283List of datasetsList of species577a7115a0657_20160704_102507
20532016-07-04dist_spkml283List of datasetsList of species577a7115a0657_20160704_102508
20542016-07-04dist_spkml283List of datasetsList of species577a7115a0657_20160704_102441
20552016-07-04dist_spkml283List of datasetsList of species577a7115a0657_20160704_102437
20562016-07-04dist_spkml283List of datasetsList of species577a7115a0657_20160704_102328
20572016-07-01dist_spkml2020List of datasetsList of species5776a73dccbf9_20160701_132535
20582016-07-01pointscsv954List of datasetsList of species57769eace6770_20160701_125125
20592016-06-27dist_spkml13List of datasetsList of species5770229bd8db5_20160626_145416
20602016-06-24whole_speciescsv55List of datasetsList of species576c384feda17_20160623_153012
20612016-06-21whole_speciescsv26List of datasetsList of species5768594054d08_20160620_170425
20622016-06-21whole_datasetcsv2020List of datasetsList of species5768963e3438d_20160620_212009
20632016-06-17dist_spshapefile2020List of datasetsList of species5762c6670c47d_20160616_114716
20642016-06-09whole_speciescsv954List of datasetsList of species5758aad6021f1_20160608_193351
20652016-05-31dist_spshapefile4List of datasetsList of species574cbb67244af_20160530_182327
20662016-05-31dist_spshapefile4List of datasetsList of species574ca00f2edb8_20160530_163125
20672016-05-31dist_spshapefile2List of datasetsList of species574cbb67244af_20160530_182102
20682016-05-31dist_spshapefile2List of datasetsList of species574cbb67244af_20160530_182202
20692016-05-25dist_spshapefile2020List of datasetsList of species57452cd59a133_20160525_05706
20702016-05-23whole_speciescsv954List of datasetsList of species5742a682434d2_20160523_25302
20712016-05-19dist_spshapefile528List of datasetsList of species573c9f8b79884_20160518_172200
20722016-05-19dist_spcsv1341List of datasetsList of species573c9f8b79884_20160518_131439
20732016-05-19dist_spcsv528List of datasetsList of species573c9f8b79884_20160518_135955
20742016-05-19dist_spshapefile1341List of datasetsList of species573c9f8b79884_20160518_131151
20752016-05-19dist_spshapefile528List of datasetsList of species573c9f8b79884_20160518_135627
20762016-05-17dist_spkml2020List of datasetsList of species573a3e34c6787_20160516_174308
20772016-05-17pointsshapefile2List of datasetsList of species5739bdb295077_20160516_112309
20782016-05-17pointsshapefile37List of datasetsList of species5739bdb295077_20160516_105932
20792016-05-17pointsshapefile94List of datasetsList of species5739c8f4cdaab_20160516_92545
20802016-05-17pointsshapefile1923List of datasetsList of species5739bc8831687_20160516_83652
20812016-05-13dist_spkml56List of datasetsList of species5734bf0134490_20160512_133709
20822016-05-12dist_spshapefile55List of datasetsList of species5733c31e225d0_20160511_194932
20832016-05-11dist_spcsv954List of datasetsList of species5731ff6a19f5e_20160510_114014
20842016-05-08pointsshapefile8List of datasetsList of species572f3d74e9f2c_20160508_92417
20852016-05-08pointsshapefile8List of datasetsList of species572f21e0405b2_20160508_73112
20862016-05-08pointsshapefile8List of datasetsList of species572f21e0405b2_20160508_74238
20872016-05-08pointsshapefile8List of datasetsList of species572f21e0405b2_20160508_73108
20882016-05-08pointsshapefile8List of datasetsList of species572f21e0405b2_20160508_90346
20892016-05-04pointsshapefile1853List of datasetsList of species5728f5fd937bf_20160503_170411
20902016-04-29dist_taxashapefile2020List of datasetsList of species572369e07ff97_20160429_100900
20912016-04-28dist_taxakml2020List of datasetsList of species5720f070e9181_20160427_130212
20922016-04-27dist_taxakml2020List of datasetsList of species571fa4f60bf43_20160426_132731
20932016-04-18dist_spkml26List of datasetsList of species57148c758f459_20160418_32801
20942016-04-16pointscsv2020List of datasetsList of species57118babdadb6_20160415_220355
20952016-04-13dist_spshapefile125List of datasetsList of species570e50efa1ab9_20160413_111912
20962016-04-13whole_speciesshapefile82List of datasetsList of species570e699c0db3b_20160413_114540
20972016-04-09dist_spkml2020List of datasetsList of species5708a8ac0a706_20160409_30211
20982016-04-07dist_taxakml2020List of datasetsList of species57064258e506f_20160407_72109
20992016-04-07whole_speciescsv11List of datasetsList of species570615062eaf0_20160407_41935
21002016-04-04whole_speciescsv56List of datasetsList of species5702986f66ce1_20160404_123820
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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.