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
22512015-03-10dist_spshapefile2List of datasetsList of species54fec3b2862a8_20150310_72432
22522015-03-10whole_speciesshapefile67List of datasetsList of species54fec3b2862a8_20150310_65447
22532015-03-10dist_spshapefile4List of datasetsList of species54fec3b2862a8_20150310_65217
22542015-03-10dist_spshapefile2List of datasetsList of species54fec3b2862a8_20150310_70909
22552015-03-05whole_speciescsv5List of datasetsList of species54f868ef6a3fd_20150305_100336
22562015-02-24dist_taxashapefile2020List of datasetsList of species54ec35bf64845_20150224_33438
22572015-02-24dist_spshapefile2020List of datasetsList of species54ece79fac7fc_20150224_160701
22582015-02-24dist_taxashapefile2020List of datasetsList of species54ece521d3f43_20150224_160216
22592015-02-23dist_taxashapefile2020List of datasetsList of species54eb957c84e08_20150223_160625
22602015-02-23dist_taxacsv2020List of datasetsList of species54eb957c84e08_20150223_160605
22612015-02-23dist_taxashapefile2020List of datasetsList of species54eb8a02a19c4_20150223_151528
22622015-02-23dist_spshapefile2020List of datasetsList of species54eb3fe2246d0_20150223_101124
22632015-02-23dist_spcsv2020List of datasetsList of species54eb3fe2246d0_20150223_100520
22642015-02-17whole_speciesshapefile15List of datasetsList of species54e2d5c2d6a91_20150217_05500
22652015-02-17whole_speciesshapefile2List of datasetsList of species54e132638e411_20150217_03901
22662015-02-17whole_speciesshapefile6List of datasetsList of species54e2d5c2d6a91_20150217_04728
22672015-02-17whole_speciesshapefile6List of datasetsList of species54e132638e411_20150217_04619
22682015-02-17whole_speciesshapefile2List of datasetsList of species54e132638e411_20150217_04423
22692015-02-17whole_speciesshapefile2List of datasetsList of species54e2d5c2d6a91_20150217_05124
22702015-02-17whole_speciesshapefile15List of datasetsList of species54e2d854d4ba8_20150217_05822
22712015-02-16whole_speciesshapefile67List of datasetsList of species54e132638e411_20150216_235214
22722015-02-16whole_speciesshapefile67List of datasetsList of species54e132638e411_20150216_233627
22732015-02-16whole_speciesshapefile4List of datasetsList of species54e132638e411_20150217_01523
22742015-02-16whole_speciesshapefile4List of datasetsList of species54e132638e411_20150217_01218
22752015-02-16whole_speciesshapefile16List of datasetsList of species54e132638e411_20150216_235650
22762015-02-16whole_speciesshapefile56List of datasetsList of species54e132638e411_20150217_00401
22772015-02-15whole_speciesshapefile67List of datasetsList of species54e132638e411_20150215_185919
22782015-02-15whole_speciesshapefile16List of datasetsList of species54e134f1dae3a_20150215_191111
22792015-02-13dist_spshapefile262List of datasetsList of species54dd9a19e683d_20150213_13923
22802015-02-13dist_spcsv262List of datasetsList of species54dd9a19e683d_20150213_13853
22812015-02-09pointsshapefile55List of datasetsList of species54d8e1c50083a_20150209_114713
22822015-02-06whole_speciescsv56List of datasetsList of species54d45f5d088a0_20150206_20736
22832015-02-06whole_speciescsv56List of datasetsList of species54d45f5d088a0_20150206_34218
22842015-02-03whole_speciesshapefile16List of datasetsList of species54d14829312f1_20150203_173213
22852015-02-03whole_speciesshapefile16List of datasetsList of species54d14829312f1_20150203_173309
22862015-02-02dist_spshapefile283List of datasetsList of species54cff06dddbc5_20150202_164751
22872015-02-02dist_spshapefile262List of datasetsList of species54cfefac6a488_20150202_164429
22882015-02-02dist_spshapefile954List of datasetsList of species54cfef63a1914_20150202_164313
22892015-02-02dist_spshapefile26List of datasetsList of species54cfeeabd0fc2_20150202_164022
22902015-02-02dist_spshapefile11List of datasetsList of species54cfee5a6c5dd_20150202_163903
22912015-02-02dist_spshapefile2List of datasetsList of species54cfee0720d84_20150202_163726
22922015-02-02dist_spshapefile16List of datasetsList of species54cfed9b2d742_20150202_163537
22932015-02-02dist_spshapefile67List of datasetsList of species54cfebfa29fed_20150202_163010
22942015-01-26dist_spshapefile1621List of datasetsList of species54c70908c2617_20150126_224916
22952015-01-21pointscsv67List of datasetsList of species54c001d4711a9_20150121_144552
22962015-01-21dist_spcsv954List of datasetsList of species54bfc3137b10f_20150121_102942
22972015-01-21pointscsv16List of datasetsList of species54c00237d1837_20150121_144728
22982015-01-21pointscsv954List of datasetsList of species54bfc3137b10f_20150121_103031
22992015-01-21pointscsv26List of datasetsList of species54c00124c68d9_20150121_144330
23002015-01-21pointscsv283List of datasetsList of species54c002a55e4af_20150121_144914
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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.