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
27512012-10-08whole_speciesshapefile56List of datasetsList of species50735cc352902_20121008_190821
27522012-10-06whole_speciescsv1List of datasetsList of species50709776c5040_20121006_164152
27532012-10-06whole_speciescsv15List of datasetsList of species50708d1fa5dec_20121006_155727
27542012-10-06whole_speciescsv56List of datasetsList of species50708df4d5f1c_20121006_160117
27552012-10-06whole_speciescsv283List of datasetsList of species50709249cbd26_20121006_162010
27562012-10-06dist_taxacsv2020List of datasetsList of species50708c6966c49_20121006_155430
27572012-10-05whole_speciescsv16List of datasetsList of species506f1dd5174fa_20121005_135022
27582012-10-05dist_taxacsv2020List of datasetsList of species506dea2994bfd_20121005_132748
27592012-10-05whole_speciescsv67List of datasetsList of species506f1c3466c48_20121005_134325
27602012-10-05whole_speciescsv954List of datasetsList of species506f1fded65cb_20121005_135904
27612012-10-05whole_speciescsv11List of datasetsList of species506f1f48b8241_20121005_135641
27622012-10-04whole_speciescsv26List of datasetsList of species506de881b82b1_20121004_155059
27632012-10-02whole_speciescsv15List of datasetsList of species506b0df4bc7ff_20121002_115333
27642012-09-27whole_speciescsv15List of datasetsList of species5064842150046_20120927_125152
27652012-09-27whole_speciesshapefile15List of datasetsList of species5064842150046_20120927_125200
27662012-09-27whole_speciescsv283List of datasetsList of species506483cd8e974_20120927_125028
27672012-09-27whole_speciesshapefile5List of datasetsList of species50644f2a571ef_20120927_91612
27682012-09-27whole_speciescsv5List of datasetsList of species50644f2a571ef_20120927_91545
27692012-09-27whole_speciescsv5List of datasetsList of species50644f2a571ef_20120927_91506
27702012-09-23whole_speciescsv82List of datasetsList of species505f89531ca01_20120923_181311
27712012-09-20dist_spcsv954List of datasetsList of species505b34030a18f_20120920_112245
27722012-09-20whole_speciesshapefile56List of datasetsList of species505b075aecf59_20120920_80909
27732012-09-12dist_spshapefile2020List of datasetsList of species50511d62e373d_20120912_194419
27742012-09-11dist_spshapefile2020List of datasetsList of species504f959b6fca0_20120911_155221
27752012-09-11dist_taxashapefile2020List of datasetsList of species504f959b6fca0_20120911_154857
27762012-09-11whole_speciesshapefile954List of datasetsList of species504f70aa784e2_20120911_131147
27772012-09-09whole_speciescsv5List of datasetsList of species504d4a9411e0c_20120909_221639
27782012-09-09whole_speciesshapefile5List of datasetsList of species504d4a9411e0c_20120909_221659
27792012-09-09whole_speciescsv5List of datasetsList of species504d46f26abad_20120910_02650
27802012-09-07whole_speciesshapefile2List of datasetsList of species504a26b8de61e_20120907_131513
27812012-09-04dist_taxacsv2020List of datasetsList of species50462c8314bc0_20120904_123125
27822012-09-04dist_spcsv1935List of datasetsList of species50462db636bf6_20120904_124602
27832012-08-19dist_taxacsv2020List of datasetsList of species5031982ac4cb0_20120819_215334
27842012-08-10whole_speciesshapefile283List of datasetsList of species502552d7af61f_20120810_143500
27852012-08-10whole_speciescsv283List of datasetsList of species502552d7af61f_20120810_143409
27862012-08-08whole_speciescsv283List of datasetsList of species5022b744ebc35_20120808_152216
27872012-08-08dist_spcsv283List of datasetsList of species5022ba90667b0_20120808_151520
27882012-07-27whole_speciesshapefile2List of datasetsList of species5012c23038f96_20120727_123329
27892012-07-26dist_spcsv11List of datasetsList of species5011ebad7d302_20120726_211717
27902012-07-26dist_spshapefile11List of datasetsList of species5011ebad7d302_20120726_211727
27912012-07-16whole_speciesshapefile67List of datasetsList of species500419b38529a_20120716_95210
27922012-07-16whole_speciescsv67List of datasetsList of species500419b38529a_20120716_95156
27932012-07-09whole_speciesshapefile26List of datasetsList of species4ffb22f858870_20120709_142959
27942012-07-09whole_speciescsv26List of datasetsList of species4ffb22f858870_20120709_142942
27952012-06-26whole_speciesshapefile56List of datasetsList of species4fea0aa85da47_20120626_151751
27962012-06-13whole_speciesshapefile55List of datasetsList of species4fd8211ac1779_20120613_11237
27972012-06-09whole_speciescsv67List of datasetsList of species4fd3c6c147079_20120609_182456
27982012-06-07dist_spshapefile56List of datasetsList of species4fd16c5e49d68_20120607_230946
27992012-06-07whole_speciescsv82List of datasetsList of species4fd0f41355eed_20120607_143406
28002012-06-06dist_spshapefile2020List of datasetsList of species4fd00feecef91_20120606_222407
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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.