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
26512013-02-05dist_spshapefile26List of datasetsList of species511118e7024fb_20130205_93716
26522013-02-05dist_taxacsv2020List of datasetsList of species511112032dc01_20130205_91247
26532013-02-04dist_spshapefile283List of datasetsList of species510fe04fec0c4_20130204_112341
26542013-01-29whole_speciesshapefile283List of datasetsList of species510869aee2b1a_20130129_193142
26552013-01-29whole_speciesshapefile16List of datasetsList of species510868ea70fc7_20130129_192731
26562013-01-29whole_speciesshapefile15List of datasetsList of species51086944edaee_20130129_192900
26572013-01-29dist_spcsv1341List of datasetsList of species5107b8c648d92_20130129_65726
26582013-01-28dist_spshapefile15List of datasetsList of species5106eeebe10e6_20130128_164223
26592013-01-28dist_spcsv15List of datasetsList of species5106eeebe10e6_20130128_165223
26602013-01-28whole_speciesshapefile26List of datasetsList of species51072fe680750_20130128_214241
26612013-01-28whole_speciesshapefile1List of datasetsList of species51071e5196fba_20130128_195659
26622013-01-28whole_speciesshapefile16List of datasetsList of species51072087b768d_20130128_211025
26632013-01-28whole_speciescsv56List of datasetsList of species5106fbc52b070_20130128_174017
26642013-01-27whole_speciesshapefile1List of datasetsList of species5105c93334014_20130127_194200
26652013-01-27whole_speciesshapefile10List of datasetsList of species5105cbd22cace_20130127_195317
26662013-01-27whole_speciesshapefile9List of datasetsList of species5105caefe4772_20130127_195033
26672013-01-27whole_speciesshapefile2List of datasetsList of species5105ca776cf87_20130127_194720
26682013-01-27whole_speciesshapefile2List of datasetsList of species5105c982e2bff_20130127_194306
26692013-01-27whole_speciesshapefile15List of datasetsList of species5105c679c89bd_20130127_193014
26702013-01-27whole_speciesshapefile67List of datasetsList of species5105c650b8468_20130127_193858
26712013-01-27whole_speciesshapefile15List of datasetsList of species5105c4fa6b548_20130127_192403
26722013-01-27whole_speciesshapefile5List of datasetsList of species5105cd5cdb106_20130127_195951
26732013-01-27whole_speciesshapefile15List of datasetsList of species5105c679c89bd_20130127_193713
26742013-01-23whole_speciescsv283List of datasetsList of species5100b66dcf68e_20130123_232847
26752013-01-21whole_speciesshapefile55List of datasetsList of species50fde4c4e187b_20130121_204830
26762013-01-12whole_speciesshapefile56List of datasetsList of species50f1a56bc23e4_20130112_130352
26772013-01-10whole_speciesshapefile283List of datasetsList of species50ef3cd630e78_20130110_171452
26782013-01-10whole_speciesshapefile954List of datasetsList of species50ef3df1dc7e5_20130110_171741
26792013-01-10whole_datasetcsv2020List of datasetsList of species50eeafe0e245c_20130110_71342
26802012-12-29whole_speciescsv283List of datasetsList of species50ded41301a5f_20121229_63254
26812012-12-14whole_speciesshapefile2List of datasetsList of species50cb83bddde6d_20121214_155702
26822012-12-14whole_speciescsv2List of datasetsList of species50cb30025d88c_20121214_92948
26832012-12-14whole_speciesshapefile2List of datasetsList of species50cb30025d88c_20121214_93005
26842012-12-14whole_speciesshapefile2List of datasetsList of species50cb83bddde6d_20121214_152711
26852012-12-14whole_speciesshapefile2List of datasetsList of species50cb83bddde6d_20121214_153049
26862012-12-14whole_speciesshapefile2List of datasetsList of species50cb83bddde6d_20121214_154012
26872012-12-14whole_speciesshapefile2List of datasetsList of species50cb83bddde6d_20121214_154131
26882012-12-14whole_speciesshapefile2List of datasetsList of species50cb83bddde6d_20121214_155100
26892012-12-14whole_speciesshapefile2List of datasetsList of species50cb83bddde6d_20121214_155508
26902012-12-14whole_speciesshapefile2List of datasetsList of species50cb83bddde6d_20121214_155714
26912012-12-14whole_speciesshapefile2List of datasetsList of species50cb83bddde6d_20121214_155839
26922012-12-14whole_speciesshapefile2List of datasetsList of species50cb83bddde6d_20121214_154121
26932012-12-12dist_taxashapefile2020List of datasetsList of species50c8b95f6cd6e_20121212_134050
26942012-12-12dist_taxashapefile2020List of datasetsList of species50c8b95f6cd6e_20121212_133845
26952012-12-12dist_taxashapefile2020List of datasetsList of species50c8b95f6cd6e_20121212_132615
26962012-12-11dist_spshapefile1341List of datasetsList of species50c76ef02518f_20121211_134105
26972012-12-11dist_spshapefile65List of datasetsList of species50c76ef02518f_20121211_133620
26982012-12-11dist_spshapefile1390List of datasetsList of species50c76ef02518f_20121211_133301
26992012-12-11dist_spshapefile65List of datasetsList of species50c76ef02518f_20121211_132150
27002012-12-11dist_spshapefile283List of datasetsList of species50c76ef02518f_20121211_131417
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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.