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
4512021-09-30pointsshapefile52List of datasetsList of species6155dd752a21b_20210930_121008
4522021-09-30whole_specieswfs917List of datasetsList of species615665896140f_20210930_215845
4532021-09-30whole_specieswms917List of datasetsList of species615629c39a98f_20210930_172204
4542021-09-28dist_spcsv45List of datasetsList of species61533a3f38625_20210928_120023
4552021-09-28dist_spcsv45List of datasetsList of species615366fdc2a82_20210928_150904
4562021-09-28dist_spshapefile45List of datasetsList of species61533a3f38625_20210928_122410
4572021-09-24dist_spshapefile707List of datasetsList of species614e291a8bb35_20210924_154840
4582021-09-24dist_spshapefile707List of datasetsList of species614e2bdca9796_20210924_155003
4592021-09-24dist_spshapefile707List of datasetsList of species614e291a8bb35_20210924_154601
4602021-09-24dist_spwfs707List of datasetsList of species614e291a8bb35_20210924_154544
4612021-09-24dist_spkml707List of datasetsList of species614e291a8bb35_20210924_154558
4622021-09-24dist_spwms707List of datasetsList of species614e291a8bb35_20210924_154538
4632021-09-24whole_specieskml917List of datasetsList of species614e291a8bb35_20210924_154336
4642021-09-24dist_spshapefile707List of datasetsList of species614e2bdca9796_20210924_160113
4652021-09-24dist_spshapefile707List of datasetsList of species614e2bdca9796_20210924_160241
4662021-09-22dist_spshapefile7List of datasetsList of species614b6ee348c4d_20210922_142711
4672021-09-22dist_spcsv10List of datasetsList of species614b860c04ba1_20210922_154803
4682021-09-21whole_datasetgdb1948List of datasetsList of species6149d728d1d67_20210921_090400
4692021-09-14whole_specieskml5List of datasetsList of species6140f8ef17eea_20210914_154207
4702021-09-13whole_speciescsv23List of datasetsList of species613fa70ca68b6_20210913_153425
4712021-09-13whole_speciesgdb23List of datasetsList of species613fa70ca68b6_20210913_153410
4722021-09-13whole_specieskml52List of datasetsList of species6137a3bfe6ce4_20210913_131457
4732021-09-13whole_specieskml3List of datasetsList of species6137a3bfe6ce4_20210913_132336
4742021-09-13whole_specieskml268List of datasetsList of species6137a3bfe6ce4_20210913_142538
4752021-09-13whole_specieskml1List of datasetsList of species613fa7994ddd5_20210913_170543
4762021-09-13whole_specieskml268List of datasetsList of species6137a3bfe6ce4_20210913_143940
4772021-09-13whole_specieskml43List of datasetsList of species613fa7994ddd5_20210913_161338
4782021-09-13whole_specieskml14List of datasetsList of species6137a3bfe6ce4_20210913_151701
4792021-09-10whole_specieskml2List of datasetsList of species6137a3bfe6ce4_20210910_150329
4802021-09-10whole_specieskml2List of datasetsList of species6137a3bfe6ce4_20210910_144426
4812021-09-10whole_specieskml917List of datasetsList of species6137a3bfe6ce4_20210910_161322
4822021-09-09whole_specieskml9List of datasetsList of species6137a3bfe6ce4_20210909_160840
4832021-09-09whole_specieskml7List of datasetsList of species6137a3bfe6ce4_20210909_184540
4842021-09-09whole_specieskml9List of datasetsList of species6137a3bfe6ce4_20210909_185356
4852021-09-09whole_specieskml15List of datasetsList of species6137a3bfe6ce4_20210909_173938
4862021-09-09whole_specieskml23List of datasetsList of species6137a3bfe6ce4_20210909_162222
4872021-09-09whole_specieskml15List of datasetsList of species6137a3bfe6ce4_20210909_155814
4882021-09-08pointscsv23List of datasetsList of species6139331477b4a_20210908_180840
4892021-09-07dist_spshapefile34List of datasetsList of species61374eda69228_20210907_081427
4902021-09-06dist_spcsv22List of datasetsList of species61365e414fb57_20210906_143517
4912021-09-04whole_speciesgdb39List of datasetsList of species_20210904_032921
4922021-09-04dist_spcsv22List of datasetsList of species613429483ac24_20210904_222959
4932021-08-30dist_spkml12List of datasetsList of species612d6536a3f15_20210830_191615
4942021-08-30whole_speciescsv9List of datasetsList of species612cf36ce6404_20210830_110548
4952021-08-30whole_speciesgdb9List of datasetsList of species612cf36ce6404_20210830_110530
4962021-08-30whole_specieskml9List of datasetsList of species612cf36ce6404_20210830_110600
4972021-08-28whole_speciesgdb268List of datasetsList of species612a4c87b0872_20210828_105342
4982021-08-27whole_speciescsv917List of datasetsList of species61297e017b4d1_20210827_201256
4992021-08-27pointscsv23List of datasetsList of species6128d160a065b_20210827_075222
5002021-08-27pointscsv1List of datasetsList of species612904011e85d_20210827_112730
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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.