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
24512014-01-26dist_taxashapefile2020List of datasetsList of species52e565ba83109_20140126_150020
24522014-01-19whole_speciescsv9List of datasetsList of species52dc0c62d4c05_20140119_123900
24532014-01-13whole_speciescsv26List of datasetsList of species52d47ffa3deb2_20140113_191103
24542014-01-10whole_speciescsv26List of datasetsList of species52d07df977b80_20140110_181348
24552014-01-08dist_spshapefile954List of datasetsList of species52cd8f1695395_20140108_130328
24562013-12-28dist_taxashapefile2020List of datasetsList of species52be5a7c3ae15_20131228_11241
24572013-12-15pointsshapefile4List of datasetsList of species52ae015fa9223_20131215_143731
24582013-12-09pointsshapefile4List of datasetsList of species52a699970c29c_20131209_234008
24592013-12-09pointsshapefile2List of datasetsList of species52a699970c29c_20131209_233740
24602013-12-08pointscsv954List of datasetsList of species52a43c5d2e9af_20131208_50627
24612013-12-04dist_taxacsv2020List of datasetsList of species529f1cc81166f_20131204_73821
24622013-12-04dist_taxashapefile2020List of datasetsList of species529f1cc81166f_20131204_73743
24632013-12-04dist_taxacsv2020List of datasetsList of species529f1cc81166f_20131204_71917
24642013-12-04dist_taxashapefile2020List of datasetsList of species529f1cc81166f_20131204_71859
24652013-11-22whole_datasetcsv2020List of datasetsList of species528f9bdb7f50e_20131122_130554
24662013-11-14whole_speciesshapefile2List of datasetsList of species528508fab2fb1_20131114_123429
24672013-11-13dist_spcsv283List of datasetsList of species528359e50bc4e_20131113_55739
24682013-11-13whole_speciesshapefile283List of datasetsList of species528359e50bc4e_20131113_55946
24692013-11-13whole_speciescsv283List of datasetsList of species528359e50bc4e_20131113_55606
24702013-11-13dist_spshapefile283List of datasetsList of species528359e50bc4e_20131113_55827
24712013-11-13dist_taxacsv2020List of datasetsList of species52842375397be_20131113_201312
24722013-11-13whole_speciesshapefile954List of datasetsList of species528403b74dc56_20131113_175732
24732013-11-13whole_speciesshapefile954List of datasetsList of species528403b74dc56_20131113_183353
24742013-11-12dist_spcsv56List of datasetsList of species52821f69a9999_20131112_73435
24752013-11-12pointscsv56List of datasetsList of species52821f69a9999_20131112_75157
24762013-11-11whole_speciesshapefile283List of datasetsList of species52819f18d05ed_20131111_222341
24772013-11-06dist_taxashapefile2020List of datasetsList of species527a877fef177_20131106_131658
24782013-11-05whole_speciescsv56List of datasetsList of species5279ce29f406a_20131106_01243
24792013-11-04dist_spcsv55List of datasetsList of species5277eb1a405ee_20131104_135720
24802013-11-04whole_speciescsv55List of datasetsList of species5277eb1a405ee_20131104_135506
24812013-11-04whole_speciesshapefile55List of datasetsList of species5277eb1a405ee_20131104_135548
24822013-11-03whole_speciescsv56List of datasetsList of species5276be434fa94_20131103_173220
24832013-11-03whole_speciescsv56List of datasetsList of species5276be434fa94_20131103_162408
24842013-10-29dist_spshapefile11List of datasetsList of species527043f1e3223_20131029_193253
24852013-10-24dist_spcsv4List of datasetsList of species52692c4b80ed5_20131024_102550
24862013-10-21whole_speciesshapefile26List of datasetsList of species5265792f3d04c_20131021_145850
24872013-10-21whole_speciesshapefile2List of datasetsList of species5265787385d02_20131021_145514
24882013-10-21whole_speciesshapefile16List of datasetsList of species526577f427dfc_20131021_145327
24892013-10-21whole_speciesshapefile67List of datasetsList of species5265778e9e3b3_20131021_145125
24902013-10-21whole_speciesshapefile11List of datasetsList of species526578a95ff87_20131021_145608
24912013-10-21whole_speciesshapefile15List of datasetsList of species52657de61cb1f_20131021_151844
24922013-10-21whole_speciesshapefile954List of datasetsList of species526579a0dd022_20131021_151239
24932013-10-21whole_speciesshapefile954List of datasetsList of species526579a0dd022_20131021_150541
24942013-10-07whole_speciescsv2List of datasetsList of species5252ee30b2759_20131007_132823
24952013-10-07whole_speciesshapefile2List of datasetsList of species5252ee30b2759_20131007_132826
24962013-10-07whole_specieswms283List of datasetsList of species52536b12731a7_20131007_221811
24972013-10-05whole_speciescsv2List of datasetsList of species5250524dd51b4_20131005_135720
24982013-10-04whole_speciescsv26List of datasetsList of species524f32a24afcd_20131004_172707
24992013-10-04whole_speciescsv283List of datasetsList of species524f32bd16d1d_20131004_172907
25002013-10-04whole_speciescsv954List of datasetsList of species524f324e22fdc_20131004_172555
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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.