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
23512014-10-30dist_spshapefile245List of datasetsList of species5452719c8ba5f_20141030_135645
23522014-10-29dist_taxacsv2020List of datasetsList of species5450e1fc4f891_20141029_92123
23532014-10-27pointsshapefile954List of datasetsList of species544ed94b41e67_20141027_195228
23542014-10-21dist_taxashapefile2020List of datasetsList of species54465b7086040_20141021_92151
23552014-10-15dist_taxacsv2020List of datasetsList of species543ec09f42e4f_20141015_144752
23562014-09-26dist_taxashapefile2020List of datasetsList of species5425c03080813_20140926_154136
23572014-09-22whole_speciescsv954List of datasetsList of species54202ae4e5bb1_20140922_101732
23582014-09-19whole_speciescsv4List of datasetsList of species541c2a5fb4814_20140919_90704
23592014-09-18whole_speciescsv5List of datasetsList of species541b40c265c67_20140918_163008
23602014-09-18whole_speciescsv1List of datasetsList of species541b430d0c9b6_20140918_164008
23612014-09-18whole_speciescsv55List of datasetsList of species541b423544177_20140918_163649
23622014-09-18whole_speciescsv10List of datasetsList of species541b41457695a_20140918_163220
23632014-09-18whole_speciescsv16List of datasetsList of species541b3de26ea92_20140918_161803
23642014-09-18whole_speciescsv283List of datasetsList of species541b3d506ab5f_20140918_161542
23652014-09-18whole_speciescsv4List of datasetsList of species541b3cde4fd6b_20140918_161335
23662014-09-18whole_speciescsv56List of datasetsList of species541b3bf0688b9_20140918_161138
23672014-09-18whole_speciescsv954List of datasetsList of species541b3a643f0e8_20140918_160306
23682014-09-18whole_speciescsv2List of datasetsList of species541b38685d1d1_20140918_155514
23692014-09-18whole_speciescsv2List of datasetsList of species541b35c2d794a_20140918_154851
23702014-09-18whole_speciescsv9List of datasetsList of species541b1e41760b5_20140918_140259
23712014-09-18whole_speciescsv15List of datasetsList of species541b1c3b57454_20140918_135601
23722014-09-18whole_speciescsv2List of datasetsList of species541ac452b299a_20140918_123832
23732014-09-18whole_speciescsv55List of datasetsList of species541b429aa96e0_20140918_163756
23742014-09-11whole_speciesshapefile26List of datasetsList of species5412025fd9f39_20140911_161533
23752014-08-27pointsshapefile1341List of datasetsList of species53fdb32f7bae8_20140827_63953
23762014-08-22whole_speciesshapefile283List of datasetsList of species53f7f07e1d006_20140822_214032
23772014-08-22whole_speciesshapefile954List of datasetsList of species53f7f07e1d006_20140822_214148
23782014-08-18dist_taxacsv2020List of datasetsList of species53f232cedbb42_20140818_131642
23792014-08-18dist_taxashapefile2020List of datasetsList of species53f232cedbb42_20140818_131449
23802014-08-18dist_taxashapefile2020List of datasetsList of species53f23736b56d5_20140818_132759
23812014-08-18dist_taxacsv2020List of datasetsList of species53f23736b56d5_20140818_132655
23822014-08-18dist_taxacsv2020List of datasetsList of species53f23736b56d5_20140818_141900
23832014-08-14whole_speciescsv954List of datasetsList of species53ecc8114ae80_20140814_103504
23842014-08-13dist_taxashapefile2020List of datasetsList of species53eb98255b3ef_20140813_130018
23852014-08-13dist_taxacsv2020List of datasetsList of species53eba2e6ca275_20140813_134749
23862014-07-30dist_taxashapefile2020List of datasetsList of species53d8f272213e7_20140730_93123
23872014-07-30dist_taxacsv2020List of datasetsList of species53d8f272213e7_20140730_93113
23882014-07-28whole_speciescsv26List of datasetsList of species53d6816082b1d_20140728_130919
23892014-07-28whole_speciescsv26List of datasetsList of species53d6816082b1d_20140728_132728
23902014-07-28whole_speciescsv26List of datasetsList of species53d6816082b1d_20140728_133318
23912014-07-19dist_taxashapefile2020List of datasetsList of species53ca47ca4daa9_20140719_63236
23922014-07-14whole_speciesshapefile283List of datasetsList of species53c4330da86f6_20140714_154632
23932014-07-14pointsshapefile283List of datasetsList of species53c4362356e72_20140714_155947
23942014-07-07pointsshapefile283List of datasetsList of species53baa36a597d2_20140707_94414
23952014-06-27dist_spshapefile283List of datasetsList of species53ad74cb72343_20140627_94356
23962014-06-17whole_speciesshapefile26List of datasetsList of species53a02b75a774c_20140617_94334
23972014-06-17whole_speciescsv26List of datasetsList of species53a02b75a774c_20140617_94515
23982014-06-16whole_speciesshapefile954List of datasetsList of species539ece0058256_20140616_70206
23992014-06-15whole_speciesshapefile26List of datasetsList of species539e7269a9252_20140616_02907
24002014-06-15whole_speciesshapefile262List of datasetsList of species539de3646ec64_20140615_142740
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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.