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
21512015-11-16whole_speciesshapefile55List of datasetsList of species564979984175a_20151116_14652
21522015-11-16pointsshapefile2List of datasetsList of species56492a1b60e1b_20151115_200631
21532015-11-15whole_speciesshapefile283List of datasetsList of species5648cdf99650b_20151115_132832
21542015-11-15whole_speciesshapefile283List of datasetsList of species5648cdf99650b_20151115_132913
21552015-11-05pointsshapefile2020List of datasetsList of species563b33a3a9941_20151105_55754
21562015-11-05pointscsv2020List of datasetsList of species563b33a3a9941_20151105_60055
21572015-11-05dist_spshapefile2020List of datasetsList of species563b33a3a9941_20151105_55444
21582015-11-05pointscsv133List of datasetsList of species563a8fe91aa9a_20151104_182419
21592015-11-05pointscsv17List of datasetsList of species563a8fe91aa9a_20151104_182927
21602015-11-05pointscsv120List of datasetsList of species563a8fe91aa9a_20151104_181941
21612015-11-01whole_speciescsv11List of datasetsList of species5635c28974ef2_20151101_24554
21622015-10-20pointscsv67List of datasetsList of species562603331bb31_20151020_60620
21632015-10-20pointscsv1343List of datasetsList of species562603331bb31_20151020_61115
21642015-10-15dist_spcsv2List of datasetsList of species561ea1bad4474_20151015_94751
21652015-09-29whole_speciesshapefile26List of datasetsList of species560a845e80a68_20150929_85534
21662015-09-29whole_speciescsv26List of datasetsList of species560a845e80a68_20150929_84903
21672015-09-25whole_speciescsv1List of datasetsList of species560556f2a8ecd_20150925_105556
21682015-09-25whole_speciescsv1List of datasetsList of species560556f2a8ecd_20150925_110158
21692015-09-22whole_speciescsv26List of datasetsList of species560173e90a2c5_20150922_113430
21702015-09-15dist_spcsv954List of datasetsList of species55f871a4934bf_20150915_153513
21712015-09-15dist_spshapefile55List of datasetsList of species55f8b784ea93e_20150915_210311
21722015-09-15dist_spshapefile55List of datasetsList of species55f8b784ea93e_20150915_203641
21732015-09-15dist_spshapefile55List of datasetsList of species55f8b784ea93e_20150915_210330
21742015-09-14pointsshapefile2020List of datasetsList of species55f66b8bd6d87_20150914_25001
21752015-09-09pointscsv12List of datasetsList of species55f07b0e4fdc5_20150909_150324
21762015-09-09dist_taxashapefile2020List of datasetsList of species55f07b0e4fdc5_20150909_144303
21772015-09-09dist_taxacsv2020List of datasetsList of species55f07b0e4fdc5_20150909_144630
21782015-09-09pointsshapefile12List of datasetsList of species55f07b0e4fdc5_20150909_150852
21792015-08-04whole_speciesshapefile2List of datasetsList of species55c0da0eb00be_20150804_120652
21802015-07-26pointscsv2List of datasetsList of species55b49cb47a292_20150726_44110
21812015-07-22dist_taxashapefile2020List of datasetsList of species55affbca95b5f_20150722_162602
21822015-07-21dist_spcsv2020List of datasetsList of species55ae42830d364_20150721_90651
21832015-07-14whole_speciescsv1List of datasetsList of species55a5643590aec_20150714_164857
21842015-07-10dist_taxashapefile2020List of datasetsList of species559ff9bd52c71_20150710_125945
21852015-07-08dist_taxashapefile2020List of datasetsList of species559d3cc44f404_20150708_111152
21862015-07-06dist_taxashapefile2020List of datasetsList of species559aa9475a836_20150706_122759
21872015-07-06dist_taxashapefile2020List of datasetsList of species559aa351513f3_20150706_115801
21882015-07-01pointsshapefile15List of datasetsList of species5593982b3f697_20150701_35230
21892015-06-30whole_speciesshapefile954List of datasetsList of species55924431b8afa_20150630_32610
21902015-06-30dist_spcsv2020List of datasetsList of species5592abce61bd9_20150630_105232
21912015-06-24dist_taxashapefile2020List of datasetsList of species558ae81921d09_20150624_141617
21922015-06-23whole_speciesshapefile954List of datasetsList of species558904a5215d9_20150623_33536
21932015-06-23whole_speciescsv954List of datasetsList of species558904a5215d9_20150623_32624
21942015-06-23whole_speciesshapefile16List of datasetsList of species5588c445a9d4f_20150623_05443
21952015-06-23whole_speciesshapefile2List of datasetsList of species5588c445a9d4f_20150623_05330
21962015-06-23whole_speciesshapefile26List of datasetsList of species5588c445a9d4f_20150623_01713
21972015-06-22whole_speciesshapefile262List of datasetsList of species5588c445a9d4f_20150622_222856
21982015-06-22whole_speciesshapefile283List of datasetsList of species5588c445a9d4f_20150622_233011
21992015-06-22whole_speciesshapefile15List of datasetsList of species5588c445a9d4f_20150622_223508
22002015-06-18whole_speciescsv11List of datasetsList of species5582de7dd8ce5_20150618_111518
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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.