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
26012013-03-14pointsshapefile239List of datasetsList of species5141c469f16f2_20130314_84029
26022013-03-14pointsshapefile42List of datasetsList of species5141c5d2cce75_20130314_84730
26032013-03-14whole_speciesshapefile954List of datasetsList of species5141c5d2cce75_20130314_84722
26042013-03-14dist_spshapefile1List of datasetsList of species5141f9d2ae42b_20130314_122542
26052013-03-14whole_speciescsv954List of datasetsList of species5142634e2d696_20130314_195553
26062013-03-13dist_spcsv55List of datasetsList of species5140a381a03d1_20130313_121815
26072013-03-13dist_spshapefile954List of datasetsList of species51408f4740552_20130313_104316
26082013-03-13pointsshapefile910List of datasetsList of species5140e4072c1ca_20130313_164610
26092013-03-13pointsshapefile258List of datasetsList of species5140e4072c1ca_20130313_164456
26102013-03-13whole_speciescsv954List of datasetsList of species5140130323b9b_20130313_15038
26112013-03-11whole_speciesshapefile56List of datasetsList of species513d828370cfc_20130311_30843
26122013-03-11whole_speciescsv56List of datasetsList of species513d828370cfc_20130311_30853
26132013-03-11whole_speciesshapefile56List of datasetsList of species513d81ee499e5_20130311_30449
26142013-03-08whole_speciescsv954List of datasetsList of species513a48f11ca1d_20130308_152445
26152013-03-07pointsshapefile671List of datasetsList of species5138ec3653d2b_20130307_144819
26162013-03-07pointsshapefile239List of datasetsList of species5138ec3653d2b_20130307_144548
26172013-03-07pointsshapefile910List of datasetsList of species5138ec3653d2b_20130307_144404
26182013-03-07pointsshapefile910List of datasetsList of species5138ec3653d2b_20130307_144155
26192013-03-05whole_speciescsv954List of datasetsList of species51364af51df0e_20130305_144426
26202013-03-02whole_speciescsv954List of datasetsList of species5132c476c7dd7_20130302_223325
26212013-03-01whole_speciesshapefile56List of datasetsList of species5130c7f8a0552_20130301_105731
26222013-03-01whole_speciescsv56List of datasetsList of species513122116ebe9_20130301_165012
26232013-03-01whole_speciesshapefile56List of datasetsList of species513122116ebe9_20130301_164852
26242013-02-28whole_speciesshapefile26List of datasetsList of species512f6e507933c_20130228_94905
26252013-02-28dist_spshapefile11List of datasetsList of species512fae5f24b5e_20130228_142325
26262013-02-28whole_speciesshapefile11List of datasetsList of species512fae5f24b5e_20130228_142221
26272013-02-27whole_speciescsv55List of datasetsList of species512e2e19f2a14_20130227_110344
26282013-02-25whole_speciesshapefile26List of datasetsList of species512b9af5c5d9e_20130225_122224
26292013-02-25whole_speciesshapefile5List of datasetsList of species512b9f477815e_20130225_122911
26302013-02-25whole_speciescsv283List of datasetsList of species512c38a227189_20130225_232433
26312013-02-25whole_speciesshapefile283List of datasetsList of species512c38a227189_20130225_232605
26322013-02-25whole_speciesshapefile954List of datasetsList of species512c34002dd7e_20130225_230452
26332013-02-25whole_speciesshapefile67List of datasetsList of species512c2fe260dd4_20130225_225213
26342013-02-25whole_speciesshapefile67List of datasetsList of species512c2fe260dd4_20130225_225043
26352013-02-24dist_spshapefile1760List of datasetsList of species512a96c619a70_20130224_174121
26362013-02-24dist_spcsv1760List of datasetsList of species512a9722701b9_20130224_174240
26372013-02-23whole_speciesshapefile26List of datasetsList of species5128f1193b6ad_20130223_114200
26382013-02-23whole_speciescsv26List of datasetsList of species5128f1193b6ad_20130223_114211
26392013-02-22whole_speciesshapefile954List of datasetsList of species51279f659ed84_20130222_114106
26402013-02-22dist_spshapefile671List of datasetsList of species5127a102b1016_20130222_115707
26412013-02-22dist_spshapefile954List of datasetsList of species51278ca51919a_20130222_102203
26422013-02-21dist_spshapefile954List of datasetsList of species51267cb7bf5f5_20130221_150326
26432013-02-20dist_taxashapefile2020List of datasetsList of species5125691569cb7_20130220_192453
26442013-02-20whole_speciescsv82List of datasetsList of species5125a7c638603_20130220_235335
26452013-02-14whole_speciesshapefile954List of datasetsList of species511d0064ab900_20130214_104102
26462013-02-14whole_speciesshapefile954List of datasetsList of species511d0064ab900_20130214_103610
26472013-02-11dist_taxashapefile2020List of datasetsList of species51190ca979f9b_20130211_103015
26482013-02-11dist_spshapefile103List of datasetsList of species51190bff9e340_20130211_102149
26492013-02-08dist_spshapefile342List of datasetsList of species5115202c75621_20130208_105752
26502013-02-05dist_spcsv26List of datasetsList of species511118e7024fb_20130205_94153
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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.