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
5012021-08-27pointscsv268List of datasetsList of species61290205146ad_20210827_111920
5022021-08-27pointscsv2List of datasetsList of species61290390e71cd_20210827_112507
5032021-08-27pointscsv5List of datasetsList of species612882d0dc3a8_20210827_022358
5042021-08-27pointscsv15List of datasetsList of species612902c68802e_20210827_112247
5052021-08-27pointscsv28List of datasetsList of species6128cf750042c_20210827_074753
5062021-08-27pointscsv9List of datasetsList of species612904961dcb2_20210827_112940
5072021-08-25dist_taxakml1483List of datasetsList of species6126a698b4008_20210825_162510
5082021-08-24dist_spkml12List of datasetsList of species6124f336c148a_20210824_092727
5092021-08-20whole_speciesgdb39List of datasetsList of species611fb2af583a7_20210820_101207
5102021-08-18dist_spkml181List of datasetsList of species611d252d41aff_20210818_113234
5112021-08-18dist_spkml181List of datasetsList of species611d252d41aff_20210818_113344
5122021-08-18dist_spkml181List of datasetsList of species611d252d41aff_20210818_113325
5132021-08-18dist_taxashapefile1267List of datasetsList of species611cec16b0a0d_20210818_072705
5142021-08-18dist_taxashapefile1267List of datasetsList of species611cec16b0a0d_20210818_072323
5152021-08-18dist_spcsv9List of datasetsList of species611d4065ecec1_20210818_131824
5162021-08-12dist_taxakml1483List of datasetsList of species61151d37b6c5d_20210812_091056
5172021-08-11pointsshapefile1948List of datasetsList of species6113ef9565ab7_20210811_121149
5182021-08-05dist_spcsv3List of datasetsList of species610bb21f20874_20210805_055031
5192021-08-04dist_spkml59List of datasetsList of species610b5b6ace13b_20210804_233439
5202021-07-21pointskml256List of datasetsList of species60f7ad65829ba_20210721_012419
5212021-07-21dist_taxakml1483List of datasetsList of species60f85ddccdb94_20210721_134847
5222021-07-19dist_spwfs34List of datasetsList of species60f53c842877e_20210719_045621
5232021-07-19dist_spshapefile34List of datasetsList of species60f53c842877e_20210719_045604
5242021-07-19dist_spshapefile14List of datasetsList of species60f5a921c3dc9_20210719_123559
5252021-07-19dist_spshapefile22List of datasetsList of species60f5a7d856343_20210719_122840
5262021-07-19dist_spshapefile59List of datasetsList of species60f59c67a9270_20210719_114003
5272021-07-19dist_spshapefile707List of datasetsList of species60f5ab98bedbb_20210719_124629
5282021-07-17dist_taxakml1483List of datasetsList of species60f33c1987d1f_20210717_162346
5292021-07-16dist_spshapefile7List of datasetsList of species60f1859d58921_20210716_091634
5302021-07-16dist_spshapefile72List of datasetsList of species60f18792787dd_20210716_092516
5312021-07-15dist_spshapefile181List of datasetsList of species60f085c2598f5_20210715_150401
5322021-07-12dist_spshapefile7List of datasetsList of species60ec54be5c491_20210712_104800
5332021-07-12dist_spshapefile16List of datasetsList of species60ec54be5c491_20210712_105007
5342021-07-12dist_spshapefile72List of datasetsList of species60ec54be5c491_20210712_105256
5352021-07-09dist_spshapefile9List of datasetsList of species60e8949c4a389_20210709_143505
5362021-07-08pointsshapefile52List of datasetsList of species60e77e865fd81_20210708_184938
5372021-07-08dist_spshapefile45List of datasetsList of species60e77e865fd81_20210708_205405
5382021-06-30dist_spcsv1List of datasetsList of species60dcc39ec5801_20210630_152757
5392021-06-29pointsshapefile52List of datasetsList of species60dbbbb565f33_20210629_211408
5402021-06-25dist_spshapefile45List of datasetsList of species60d669eb4aff1_20210625_194727
5412021-06-25dist_spcsv45List of datasetsList of species60d669eb4aff1_20210625_194720
5422021-06-17dist_taxakml1483List of datasetsList of species60cbbff6c9af8_20210617_180024
5432021-06-17dist_taxakml1483List of datasetsList of species60cbbff6c9af8_20210617_180023
5442021-06-16whole_specieskml1948List of datasetsList of species60ca59d1308c7_20210616_162057
5452021-06-13whole_specieskml1948List of datasetsList of species60c62b42a2d82_20210613_131818
5462021-06-10dist_taxacsv2List of datasetsList of species60c21d4cc185c_20210610_101908
5472021-06-10dist_taxacsv2List of datasetsList of species60c21d4cc185c_20210610_101643
5482021-06-10dist_taxashapefile2List of datasetsList of species60c21d4cc185c_20210610_101650
5492021-06-06whole_datasetkml1948List of datasetsList of species60bc34040f853_20210606_000859
5502021-06-06whole_datasetkml1948List of datasetsList of species60bc34040f853_20210606_000231
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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.