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
22012015-06-18whole_speciescsv11List of datasetsList of species5582de7dd8ce5_20150618_112013
22022015-06-18dist_spshapefile1List of datasetsList of species5582feae2f7bf_20150618_132713
22032015-06-17pointsshapefile2List of datasetsList of species5580f62b778f0_20150617_03226
22042015-06-17pointscsv2List of datasetsList of species5580f62b778f0_20150617_03150
22052015-06-16dist_spcsv2List of datasetsList of species5580c253bb512_20150616_204347
22062015-06-16whole_speciesshapefile2List of datasetsList of species5580c253bb512_20150616_204422
22072015-06-16dist_spshapefile2List of datasetsList of species5580c253bb512_20150616_204409
22082015-06-16whole_speciescsv2List of datasetsList of species5580c253bb512_20150616_204400
22092015-06-16whole_speciescsv82List of datasetsList of species5580626c2ee2c_20150616_142922
22102015-06-16whole_speciescsv82List of datasetsList of species5580626c2ee2c_20150616_144316
22112015-06-12pointsshapefile1List of datasetsList of species557aa82dc69dc_20150612_54355
22122015-06-12dist_taxashapefile2020List of datasetsList of species557aa82dc69dc_20150612_54100
22132015-06-11whole_speciescsv1List of datasetsList of species55796920362d0_20150611_91128
22142015-06-01pointsshapefile16List of datasetsList of species556cdc547ac72_20150601_183330
22152015-06-01whole_speciescsv5List of datasetsList of species556c8717ea4e0_20150601_122943
22162015-06-01whole_speciescsv82List of datasetsList of species556c8717ea4e0_20150601_122744
22172015-05-26dist_taxacsv2020List of datasetsList of species5564abba627f1_20150526_132648
22182015-05-21whole_speciescsv15List of datasetsList of species555e1b17881b1_20150521_135528
22192015-05-21whole_speciescsv15List of datasetsList of species555e1b17881b1_20150521_135339
22202015-05-21whole_speciescsv82List of datasetsList of species555e1b17881b1_20150521_135732
22212015-05-21whole_speciescsv2List of datasetsList of species555e1b17881b1_20150521_135644
22222015-05-10whole_datasetcsv2020List of datasetsList of species554f5679b5857_20150510_90657
22232015-05-06dist_spshapefile1673List of datasetsList of species554a2b764ac7a_20150506_105923
22242015-04-30dist_taxashapefile2020List of datasetsList of species5542290980b83_20150430_91654
22252015-04-30dist_taxashapefile2020List of datasetsList of species5542290980b83_20150430_92554
22262015-04-30dist_taxashapefile2020List of datasetsList of species5542290980b83_20150430_91838
22272015-04-30dist_taxashapefile2020List of datasetsList of species5542290980b83_20150430_92144
22282015-04-30whole_speciesshapefile55List of datasetsList of species55428ed4d397d_20150430_203131
22292015-04-30whole_speciescsv67List of datasetsList of species5542b0c357723_20150430_185005
22302015-04-29dist_spshapefile487List of datasetsList of species554121c16d04f_20150429_142623
22312015-04-29dist_taxashapefile2020List of datasetsList of species554121c16d04f_20150429_145231
22322015-04-26whole_speciesshapefile55List of datasetsList of species553c829ecde11_20150426_22414
22332015-04-26whole_speciescsv16List of datasetsList of species553d57bb6ddf4_20150426_172529
22342015-04-26whole_speciescsv67List of datasetsList of species553d578556850_20150426_172434
22352015-04-26whole_speciescsv11List of datasetsList of species553d580c1fb5f_20150426_172653
22362015-04-26whole_speciescsv26List of datasetsList of species553d58472633b_20150426_172744
22372015-04-26whole_speciescsv954List of datasetsList of species553d58717ba20_20150426_172826
22382015-04-23whole_speciescsv16List of datasetsList of species55398642c961c_20150423_195517
22392015-04-23whole_speciescsv954List of datasetsList of species553988b60c68e_20150423_200547
22402015-04-23whole_speciescsv26List of datasetsList of species553987637c624_20150423_200121
22412015-04-23whole_speciescsv67List of datasetsList of species553985d00b2e7_20150423_195405
22422015-04-23whole_speciescsv11List of datasetsList of species553986f9cb3c7_20150423_195823
22432015-04-23dist_taxacsv2020List of datasetsList of species5539009d09d3d_20150423_110046
22442015-04-23dist_taxashapefile2020List of datasetsList of species5539009d09d3d_20150423_110153
22452015-04-20dist_taxashapefile2020List of datasetsList of species553520c4242e6_20150420_120734
22462015-04-14dist_taxashapefile2020List of datasetsList of species552b35497d054_20150412_232328
22472015-03-30pointsshapefile3List of datasetsList of species55191d3851a34_20150330_60202
22482015-03-26dist_taxashapefile2020List of datasetsList of species5513e897b917c_20150326_72326
22492015-03-12dist_taxacsv2020List of datasetsList of species550179b87cd3b_20150312_85031
22502015-03-12dist_taxashapefile2020List of datasetsList of species550179b87cd3b_20150312_85126
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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.