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
4012021-10-12pointskml1948List of datasetsList of species6165bcd5a193e_20211012_131220
4022021-10-12pointskml1948List of datasetsList of species6165bcd5a193e_20211012_130045
4032021-10-12pointskml1948List of datasetsList of species6165c48647d3e_20211012_132801
4042021-10-12pointskml1948List of datasetsList of species6165c48647d3e_20211012_133835
4052021-10-12pointskml1948List of datasetsList of species6165c48647d3e_20211012_133250
4062021-10-12dist_spkml571List of datasetsList of species6164a780adba0_20211012_130235
4072021-10-12dist_spkml571List of datasetsList of species6164a780adba0_20211012_130323
4082021-10-12pointskml617List of datasetsList of species6164a780adba0_20211012_131326
4092021-10-12dist_spkml571List of datasetsList of species6164a780adba0_20211012_130400
4102021-10-12dist_spkml571List of datasetsList of species6164a780adba0_20211012_130325
4112021-10-12dist_spkml571List of datasetsList of species6164a780adba0_20211012_130319
4122021-10-12dist_spkml571List of datasetsList of species6164a780adba0_20211012_130316
4132021-10-12dist_spkml555List of datasetsList of species6164a780adba0_20211012_130211
4142021-10-12dist_spkml571List of datasetsList of species6164a780adba0_20211012_130324
4152021-10-12dist_spcsv9List of datasetsList of species6165e58294606_20211012_155631
4162021-10-11dist_spshapefile807List of datasetsList of species6164ad522131e_20211011_173232
4172021-10-11dist_spshapefile60List of datasetsList of species6164abd08f719_20211011_172707
4182021-10-11dist_spshapefile9List of datasetsList of species6164adfc3b45f_20211011_173522
4192021-10-11dist_spshapefile22List of datasetsList of species6164ad0b45e35_20211011_173126
4202021-10-11dist_spshapefile14List of datasetsList of species6164acbc90d4d_20211011_173008
4212021-10-10whole_specieskml917List of datasetsList of species6163643bf1802_20211010_181444
4222021-10-10whole_specieskml917List of datasetsList of species6163643bf1802_20211010_181446
4232021-10-10dist_spkml260List of datasetsList of species616335a1847fc_20211010_145231
4242021-10-09dist_taxacsv1List of datasetsList of species61618d585641f_20211009_084623
4252021-10-09dist_taxacsv1List of datasetsList of species61618d585641f_20211009_084641
4262021-10-06dist_spcsv1List of datasetsList of species615e4f4337791_20211006_215503
4272021-10-06dist_spcsv1List of datasetsList of species615e4f4337791_20211006_214334
4282021-10-06dist_spcsv1List of datasetsList of species615e4f4337791_20211006_214610
4292021-10-06dist_spshapefile59List of datasetsList of species615e1e2506b24_20211006_181010
4302021-10-06dist_spshapefile9List of datasetsList of species615e237638fdd_20211006_183721
4312021-10-06whole_specieskml65List of datasetsList of species615e1d7f415f1_20211006_182222
4322021-10-06whole_specieswfs9List of datasetsList of species615e237638fdd_20211006_183236
4332021-10-06pointsshapefile9List of datasetsList of species615e237638fdd_20211006_184801
4342021-10-06pointsshapefile917List of datasetsList of species615e2b112da5b_20211006_191432
4352021-10-06whole_specieskml9List of datasetsList of species615e237638fdd_20211006_183520
4362021-10-05dist_spcsv9List of datasetsList of species615ceab6deb34_20211005_202720
4372021-10-04whole_specieswfs23List of datasetsList of species615aeddc4844e_20211004_080626
4382021-10-04whole_specieswms23List of datasetsList of species615aeddc4844e_20211004_080735
4392021-10-04whole_specieswms23List of datasetsList of species615af0dcb7128_20211004_082102
4402021-10-04dist_spcsv22List of datasetsList of species615af717a893c_20211004_084458
4412021-10-04whole_specieswfs23List of datasetsList of species615af0dcb7128_20211004_084332
4422021-10-04whole_specieskml23List of datasetsList of species615aeddc4844e_20211004_080618
4432021-10-04whole_specieswms23List of datasetsList of species615aed78320ae_20211004_081144
4442021-10-04dist_spcsv60List of datasetsList of species615af002d10e1_20211004_081440
4452021-10-04whole_specieswfs23List of datasetsList of species615af7ce104a8_20211004_084819
4462021-10-04dist_spcsv45List of datasetsList of species615b8d035502c_20211004_192504
4472021-10-01pointskml9List of datasetsList of species615706aade297_20211001_091045
4482021-10-01dist_taxakml1483List of datasetsList of species6154741707ef2_20211001_012530
4492021-09-30dist_spkml707List of datasetsList of species615664ca6c6db_20210930_214743
4502021-09-30dist_spkml707List of datasetsList of species615665ecd5bb2_20210930_214759
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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.