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
23012015-01-10dist_taxashapefile2020List of datasetsList of species54b18d9e4e050_20150110_154303
23022015-01-10dist_taxashapefile2020List of datasetsList of species54b18d9e4e050_20150110_154722
23032015-01-10dist_taxashapefile2020List of datasetsList of species54b18d9e4e050_20150110_154715
23042015-01-10dist_taxashapefile2020List of datasetsList of species54b18d9e4e050_20150110_154227
23052015-01-10dist_taxashapefile2020List of datasetsList of species54b1729c5ea9b_20150110_135949
23062015-01-10dist_taxashapefile2020List of datasetsList of species54b1b11a28976_20150110_203246
23072015-01-06whole_speciescsv4List of datasetsList of species54ac16f2091ea_20150106_121422
23082014-12-20whole_speciescsv26List of datasetsList of species54945cabda581_20141220_71045
23092014-12-20whole_speciescsv954List of datasetsList of species54945cabda581_20141220_74416
23102014-12-20whole_speciescsv67List of datasetsList of species54945cabda581_20141220_75131
23112014-12-20whole_speciescsv16List of datasetsList of species54945cabda581_20141220_70947
23122014-12-20whole_speciescsv262List of datasetsList of species54945cabda581_20141220_234903
23132014-12-19whole_speciescsv283List of datasetsList of species54945cabda581_20141219_121410
23142014-12-19whole_speciescsv16List of datasetsList of species54945cabda581_20141219_125721
23152014-12-19whole_speciescsv11List of datasetsList of species54945cabda581_20141219_124910
23162014-12-19whole_speciescsv283List of datasetsList of species54945cabda581_20141219_122514
23172014-12-19whole_speciesshapefile283List of datasetsList of species549441d22fa5d_20141219_104759
23182014-12-19whole_speciescsv283List of datasetsList of species549441d22fa5d_20141219_104723
23192014-12-19whole_speciescsv26List of datasetsList of species549444be2ff95_20141219_105348
23202014-12-13whole_speciesshapefile15List of datasetsList of species548c75a8a78f2_20141213_122730
23212014-12-13whole_speciesshapefile283List of datasetsList of species548c7d7605bcd_20141213_131342
23222014-12-11dist_spshapefile55List of datasetsList of species5489aa70352b8_20141211_93554
23232014-12-11dist_spshapefile55List of datasetsList of species5489aa70352b8_20141211_93302
23242014-12-01whole_speciesshapefile283List of datasetsList of species547c0cd4e1a51_20141201_13843
23252014-12-01whole_speciesshapefile10List of datasetsList of species547c039c2ec18_20141201_10734
23262014-12-01whole_speciesshapefile954List of datasetsList of species547c0968bf6d3_20141201_12414
23272014-12-01whole_speciesshapefile55List of datasetsList of species547c061a63e82_20141201_11050
23282014-12-01whole_speciesshapefile9List of datasetsList of species547c0ba9362d3_20141201_13543
23292014-12-01whole_speciesshapefile4List of datasetsList of species547c0c5b6fec6_20141201_13741
23302014-11-27dist_taxacsv2020List of datasetsList of species54770c1f29dd3_20141127_64139
23312014-11-24dist_taxashapefile2020List of datasetsList of species5473805c37d9e_20141124_140547
23322014-11-21whole_speciesshapefile2List of datasetsList of species546f9e870d44c_20141121_152050
23332014-11-21whole_speciesshapefile26List of datasetsList of species546f93b86d90a_20141121_151420
23342014-11-21whole_speciesshapefile26List of datasetsList of species546f93b86d90a_20141121_150253
23352014-11-21whole_speciesshapefile26List of datasetsList of species546f93b86d90a_20141121_145928
23362014-11-21whole_speciesshapefile26List of datasetsList of species546f93b86d90a_20141121_145806
23372014-11-21whole_speciesshapefile26List of datasetsList of species546f93b86d90a_20141121_144731
23382014-11-21whole_speciesshapefile26List of datasetsList of species546f9ef07d29c_20141121_152235
23392014-11-21whole_speciesshapefile2List of datasetsList of species546f93b86d90a_20141121_143951
23402014-11-21whole_speciesshapefile26List of datasetsList of species546f9dbac5067_20141121_151925
23412014-11-21whole_speciesshapefile954List of datasetsList of species546f9fa057b10_20141121_152538
23422014-11-21whole_speciesshapefile9List of datasetsList of species546fa10871b33_20141121_153234
23432014-11-21whole_speciesshapefile56List of datasetsList of species546fa22d57bae_20141121_153639
23442014-11-20whole_speciescsv55List of datasetsList of species546eb07f8d0c2_20141120_223333
23452014-11-15dist_spshapefile400List of datasetsList of species5467bd7eadd1d_20141115_155924
23462014-11-07dist_spshapefile283List of datasetsList of species545ce4b86b217_20141107_104405
23472014-11-07dist_spshapefile283List of datasetsList of species545ce4b86b217_20141107_103034
23482014-11-07dist_spshapefile2020List of datasetsList of species545d13a23d8a7_20141107_141722
23492014-11-04whole_speciescsv283List of datasetsList of species545909ef05f7f_20141104_121712
23502014-11-04whole_speciescsv15List of datasetsList of species54592f5a6f933_20141104_150129
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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.