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
3012021-12-10whole_specieskml268List of datasetsList of species61b38c8789fd6_20211210_122818
3022021-12-10dist_spcsv108List of datasetsList of species61b3b0c014c8e_20211210_145650
3032021-12-10dist_spcsv35List of datasetsList of species61b3b82fa351b_20211210_155226
3042021-12-10whole_speciescsv268List of datasetsList of species61b3cd94a5c8a_20211210_165950
3052021-12-10dist_spcsv260List of datasetsList of species61b3cd94a5c8a_20211210_170115
3062021-12-10dist_spcsv387List of datasetsList of species61b3b0c014c8e_20211210_145853
3072021-12-10dist_spshapefile397List of datasetsList of species61b3b0c014c8e_20211210_150133
3082021-12-10dist_spcsv181List of datasetsList of species61b3cd94a5c8a_20211210_165905
3092021-12-10whole_speciescsv2List of datasetsList of species61b3b0c014c8e_20211210_152510
3102021-12-10whole_speciesgdb9List of datasetsList of species61b3d42094065_20211210_180642
3112021-12-10whole_speciescsv52List of datasetsList of species61b3b02314657_20211210_163056
3122021-12-09pointsshapefile1948List of datasetsList of species61b24c8cc7861_20211209_134403
3132021-12-09pointscsv1948List of datasetsList of species61b24c8cc7861_20211209_160922
3142021-12-07pointscsv2List of datasetsList of species61af1a7427556_20211207_050920
3152021-12-07pointsshapefile2List of datasetsList of species61af1a7427556_20211207_050722
3162021-12-07whole_speciescsv9List of datasetsList of species61af7e5ec7377_20211207_103331
3172021-12-02dist_spshapefile807List of datasetsList of species61a9019f7069e_20211202_122840
3182021-12-02pointsshapefile917List of datasetsList of species61a9019f7069e_20211202_124424
3192021-12-02dist_spshapefile807List of datasetsList of species61a9019f7069e_20211202_124102
3202021-11-30whole_speciesshapefile917List of datasetsList of species61a5f290a5325_20211130_054751
3212021-11-30pointsshapefile917List of datasetsList of species61a66362e5888_20211130_125437
3222021-11-30dist_sp_h3shapefile752List of datasetsList of species61a66362e5888_20211130_125028
3232021-11-30dist_spshapefile807List of datasetsList of species61a65f2921cac_20211130_123234
3242021-11-30dist_spcsv34List of datasetsList of species61a57645b40c2_20211129_200516
3252021-11-30whole_speciescsv917List of datasetsList of species61a59ac1be26d_20211129_223415
3262021-11-29dist_spshapefile828List of datasetsList of species61a4f546770a9_20211129_105028
3272021-11-27whole_speciescsv9List of datasetsList of species61a16f419990d_20211126_214540
3282021-11-27pointscsv4List of datasetsList of species61a16f419990d_20211126_215001
3292021-11-27dist_spcsv1List of datasetsList of species61a253c73dce3_20211127_111702
3302021-11-27pointscsv2List of datasetsList of species61a253c73dce3_20211127_112014
3312021-11-27dist_spcsv2List of datasetsList of species61a16f419990d_20211126_214739
3322021-11-26pointsshapefile315List of datasetsList of species61a0f7f5b914c_20211126_101449
3332021-11-25dist_taxakml1List of datasetsList of species619f423aa8d5e_20211125_030036
3342021-11-24dist_spkml279List of datasetsList of species619decaf2b2c5_20211124_024315
3352021-11-23whole_speciescsv39List of datasetsList of species619d3130821f5_20211123_132227
3362021-11-21whole_speciesgdb39List of datasetsList of species619a3aac7dde8_20211121_075210
3372021-11-18whole_specieskml52List of datasetsList of species619679f69da5f_20211118_110816
3382021-11-18dist_spcsv45List of datasetsList of species619679f69da5f_20211118_111644
3392021-11-18dist_spkml45List of datasetsList of species619679f69da5f_20211118_112630
3402021-11-18whole_specieskml52List of datasetsList of species61967fce47fb0_20211118_114541
3412021-11-16whole_specieskml52List of datasetsList of species61930167c893a_20211115_195740
3422021-11-16dist_spcsv9List of datasetsList of species619376c41bc96_20211116_042421
3432021-11-16dist_spcsv9List of datasetsList of species6193794e58c84_20211116_042750
3442021-11-16whole_speciescsv2List of datasetsList of species619379f98a4cd_20211116_042952
3452021-11-16whole_speciescsv2List of datasetsList of species619379f98a4cd_20211116_043121
3462021-11-12whole_specieskml52List of datasetsList of species618ea8dd363ed_20211112_125352
3472021-11-12dist_spshapefile45List of datasetsList of species618ea8dd363ed_20211112_125326
3482021-11-12dist_spcsv45List of datasetsList of species618ea8dd363ed_20211112_125317
3492021-11-10pointsshapefile2List of datasetsList of species618c93c1a31ca_20211110_231912
3502021-11-09dist_spshapefile9List of datasetsList of species618a1281aefcd_20211109_011927
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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.