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)301
Gridded summary Type 1b (dist_taxa_h3)1
Gridded summary Type 2a (dist_sp)901
Gridded summary Type 2b (dist_sp_h3)16
diversity indexes (diversity)2
Observations based on criteria (points)939
All observations of species (whole_species)701
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
28512012-03-13whole_specieswms15List of datasetsList of species4f5fbab9492b1_20120313_232932
28522012-03-13whole_specieswfs15List of datasetsList of species4f5fbab9492b1_20120313_232423
28532012-03-13dist_spshapefile2020List of datasetsList of species4f5efb76cd822_20120313_34753
28542012-03-13dist_spshapefile2020List of datasetsList of species4f5f06760f682_20120313_43422
28552012-03-12whole_speciescsv283List of datasetsList of species4f5df7a28aa20_20120312_91942
28562012-03-12dist_spshapefile70List of datasetsList of species4f5d9f81dd246_20120312_30334
28572012-03-08dist_spcsv20List of datasetsList of species4f58c70e3ebdc_20120308_95105
28582012-03-08dist_spshapefile20List of datasetsList of species4f58c70e3ebdc_20120308_102507
28592012-03-03dist_spshapefile1804List of datasetsList of species4f52d48c5429c_20120303_213652
28602012-03-01whole_speciescsv56List of datasetsList of species4f4f94a28c513_20120301_102903
28612012-02-22whole_speciescsv26List of datasetsList of species4f45a5075fe1b_20120222_214155
28622012-01-23whole_speciescsv26List of datasetsList of species4f1d7c245fb3d_20120123_103632
28632012-01-23whole_speciescsv26List of datasetsList of species4f1d7c245fb3d_20120123_103607
28642012-01-23dist_spshapefile2020List of datasetsList of species4f1d49a51a22d_20120123_65220
28652011-12-13dist_spcsv6List of datasetsList of species4ee711c2ce6e4_20111213_35420
28662011-12-12dist_spcsv2020List of datasetsList of species4ee6755df2812_20111212_164842
28672011-12-09dist_spshapefile16List of datasetsList of species4ee2165d1a6ba_20111209_91156
28682011-12-04whole_speciesshapefile262List of datasetsList of species4edbc66e91b64_20111204_141435
28692011-12-02whole_datasetshapefile2020List of datasetsList of species4ed8b52e6aaa2_20111202_62508
28702011-12-01whole_speciesshapefile82List of datasetsList of species4ed7eda8d415e_20111201_161510
28712011-11-27dist_spshapefile11List of datasetsList of species4ed25106a83cd_20111127_100323
28722011-11-22dist_spshapefile2020List of datasetsList of species4ecb9cb0d7420_20111122_80221
28732011-11-22dist_spcsv2020List of datasetsList of species4ecb9cb0d7420_20111122_80024
28742011-11-09dist_spshapefile2List of datasetsList of species4eba7d07b7559_20111109_82010
28752011-11-04dist_spcsv2020List of datasetsList of species4eb44af4c469b_20111104_162920
28762011-11-02dist_spshapefile2020List of datasetsList of species4eb19fbcf2bfc_20111102_212843
28772011-11-01whole_speciescsv56List of datasetsList of species4eb030698a59d_20111101_134640
28782011-10-20dist_spcsv954List of datasetsList of species4ea09cda99ab2_20111020_181535
28792011-10-17whole_speciesshapefile262List of datasetsList of species4e9c40a032139_20111017_105051
28802011-10-11pointsshapefile954List of datasetsList of species4e9414d2ad614_20111011_80457
28812011-10-10whole_speciescsv954List of datasetsList of species4e93097f3cab3_20111010_110736
28822011-10-10dist_spshapefile954List of datasetsList of species4e92dee34e08a_20111010_80519
28832011-09-24dist_spcsv55List of datasetsList of species4e7e0f256322d_20110924_132507
28842011-09-16dist_spshapefile22List of datasetsList of species4e72e0a8d63bb_20110916_15811
28852011-09-16dist_spcsv1804List of datasetsList of species4e72e0a8d63bb_20110916_21612
28862011-09-16dist_spshapefile1804List of datasetsList of species4e72e0a8d63bb_20110916_20926
28872011-09-06dist_spshapefile2020List of datasetsList of species4e66d20e951c8_20110906_220906
28882011-09-02whole_speciescsv56List of datasetsList of species4e60fe8663aa1_20110902_121226
28892011-08-26pointsshapefile4List of datasetsList of species4e57d23949ac5_20110826_134254
28902011-08-25dist_spshapefile2020List of datasetsList of species4e56898624f5a_20110825_134420
28912011-08-25dist_spcsv2020List of datasetsList of species4e56898624f5a_20110825_134350
28922011-08-24whole_speciescsv82List of datasetsList of species4e55282fb03b6_20110824_123516
28932011-08-23dist_spshapefile2020List of datasetsList of species4e540b070ef5c_20110823_161950
28942011-08-23dist_spcsv2020List of datasetsList of species4e540b070ef5c_20110823_162148
28952011-08-22whole_speciescsv10List of datasetsList of species4e52822fc3002_20110822_122551
28962011-08-15whole_speciescsv82List of datasetsList of species4e494b89ae937_20110815_123926
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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.