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
25512013-06-07dist_spcsv954List of datasetsList of species51b242be44a95_20130607_163152
25522013-06-06whole_speciescsv56List of datasetsList of species51b0b9329d5bc_20130606_123221
25532013-06-03whole_speciescsv67List of datasetsList of species51acf53058a90_20130603_155915
25542013-05-29whole_speciescsv954List of datasetsList of species51a5d8c6ea799_20130529_63511
25552013-05-28whole_speciescsv11List of datasetsList of species51a515bca2bba_20130528_165336
25562013-05-28dist_spcsv11List of datasetsList of species51a515bca2bba_20130528_165301
25572013-05-18whole_datasetcsv2020List of datasetsList of species51981dde2b27d_20130518_203341
25582013-05-02dist_spcsv954List of datasetsList of species51825cad1c3ec_20130502_83229
25592013-04-26dist_taxashapefile2020List of datasetsList of species517a925c79af0_20130426_104330
25602013-04-26whole_speciesshapefile82List of datasetsList of species517aa2619a646_20130426_115203
25612013-04-25whole_speciescsv954List of datasetsList of species5178f4a454e81_20130425_52449
25622013-04-25whole_speciesshapefile954List of datasetsList of species5178f4a454e81_20130425_52901
25632013-04-25whole_speciescsv954List of datasetsList of species5179269e25580_20130425_85216
25642013-04-22dist_spshapefile2List of datasetsList of species51751096c1865_20130422_62846
25652013-04-19whole_speciescsv55List of datasetsList of species5171413230492_20130419_102405
25662013-04-18whole_speciesshapefile954List of datasetsList of species516f907383b2c_20130418_22351
25672013-04-18whole_speciescsv954List of datasetsList of species516f940da0a05_20130418_24030
25682013-04-15whole_speciescsv2List of datasetsList of species516c06ea1e970_20130415_102949
25692013-04-09dist_spshapefile55List of datasetsList of species5164127071aea_20130409_90819
25702013-04-09whole_speciesshapefile55List of datasetsList of species5164127071aea_20130409_90857
25712013-04-05whole_speciesshapefile11List of datasetsList of species515f59ae04bb4_20130405_191009
25722013-04-02dist_spshapefile1624List of datasetsList of species515b6f7f6231e_20130402_200019
25732013-04-02pointsshapefile1624List of datasetsList of species515b6f7f6231e_20130402_203330
25742013-04-01whole_speciesshapefile16List of datasetsList of species51599caacc41b_20130401_104236
25752013-04-01whole_speciesshapefile15List of datasetsList of species51599de6104e5_20130401_104714
25762013-04-01whole_speciesshapefile283List of datasetsList of species5159a1f4c92d2_20130401_110529
25772013-04-01whole_speciesshapefile67List of datasetsList of species515997e79c1db_20130401_102136
25782013-03-31whole_speciesshapefile15List of datasetsList of species515849aa507f8_20130331_111141
25792013-03-26whole_speciescsv56List of datasetsList of species5151d7aa70c6b_20130326_132137
25802013-03-25whole_speciescsv283List of datasetsList of species515042981cfe9_20130325_84032
25812013-03-24whole_speciesshapefile55List of datasetsList of species514f1a7b10d13_20130324_112454
25822013-03-24whole_speciesshapefile954List of datasetsList of species514f188db35c7_20130324_111608
25832013-03-24whole_speciesshapefile56List of datasetsList of species514f18cfe3aaf_20130324_111640
25842013-03-23whole_speciesshapefile283List of datasetsList of species514d7a545f3df_20130323_54811
25852013-03-20whole_speciesshapefile26List of datasetsList of species514a3ce866faf_20130320_184945
25862013-03-19whole_speciesshapefile954List of datasetsList of species5148891317ef9_20130319_114959
25872013-03-19whole_speciesshapefile11List of datasetsList of species514888411df6e_20130319_114618
25882013-03-19whole_speciesshapefile26List of datasetsList of species514887edda3b8_20130319_114502
25892013-03-19whole_speciescsv283List of datasetsList of species5148c195d0a9e_20130319_161018
25902013-03-19whole_speciescsv283List of datasetsList of species5148370f5f8f2_20130319_62738
25912013-03-15whole_speciesshapefile283List of datasetsList of species5143f83489f26_20130316_04355
25922013-03-15whole_speciescsv283List of datasetsList of species514320056645c_20130315_93124
25932013-03-15dist_spcsv7List of datasetsList of species514324de90cee_20130315_94200
25942013-03-15dist_spshapefile7List of datasetsList of species514324de90cee_20130315_94122
25952013-03-14whole_speciesshapefile954List of datasetsList of species5141c469f16f2_20130314_83845
25962013-03-14pointsshapefile239List of datasetsList of species51421337e817d_20130314_141507
25972013-03-14pointsshapefile42List of datasetsList of species51421337e817d_20130314_143600
25982013-03-14pointsshapefile629List of datasetsList of species51421337e817d_20130314_144215
25992013-03-14pointsshapefile954List of datasetsList of species514216c33dc98_20130314_143036
26002013-03-14pointsshapefile629List of datasetsList of species5141c5d2cce75_20130314_84810
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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.