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
5512021-06-05whole_datasetkml1948List of datasetsList of species60bc34040f853_20210605_235413
5522021-06-02dist_spshapefile965List of datasetsList of species60b7af6e75d7c_20210602_122108
5532021-06-02dist_spcsv965List of datasetsList of species60b822a440fc2_20210602_203227
5542021-05-25whole_specieskml1948List of datasetsList of species60ad18d58f19b_20210525_113944
5552021-05-25dist_spshapefile1483List of datasetsList of species60ad66cd15540_20210525_171145
5562021-05-25dist_spcsv1483List of datasetsList of species60ad66cd15540_20210525_171609
5572021-05-25whole_specieskml1948List of datasetsList of species60ad1d27803e7_20210525_115523
5582021-05-25whole_specieskml1948List of datasetsList of species60ad1eeb98d7e_20210525_120201
5592021-05-25dist_spcsv1449List of datasetsList of species60ad2383a772c_20210525_122943
5602021-05-25dist_spcsv1449List of datasetsList of species60ad2383a772c_20210525_122526
5612021-05-25pointsshapefile291List of datasetsList of species60ad6151525a1_20210525_165408
5622021-05-24dist_sp_h3kml827List of datasetsList of species60abd08b777da_20210524_123622
5632021-05-24dist_sp_h3kml827List of datasetsList of species60abd08b777da_20210524_123448
5642021-05-24dist_sp_h3kml703List of datasetsList of species60abe15654368_20210524_132522
5652021-05-24dist_sp_h3kml827List of datasetsList of species60abd08b777da_20210524_122116
5662021-05-24dist_spkml707List of datasetsList of species60abe15654368_20210524_132447
5672021-05-24dist_sp_h3kml827List of datasetsList of species60abd08b777da_20210524_132122
5682021-05-24dist_sp_h3kml827List of datasetsList of species60abd08b777da_20210524_131637
5692021-05-24dist_sp_h3kml827List of datasetsList of species60abd08b777da_20210524_131336
5702021-05-24dist_sp_h3kml827List of datasetsList of species60abd08b777da_20210524_121548
5712021-05-24dist_sp_h3kml827List of datasetsList of species60abd08b777da_20210524_130427
5722021-05-24dist_sp_h3kml827List of datasetsList of species60abd08b777da_20210524_123220
5732021-05-24dist_sp_h3kml827List of datasetsList of species60abd08b777da_20210524_130100
5742021-05-24whole_speciescsv65List of datasetsList of species60abc470747f3_20210524_112439
5752021-05-23dist_taxashapefile2List of datasetsList of species60aaba8248bc8_20210523_165437
5762021-05-23dist_taxashapefile2List of datasetsList of species60aaba8248bc8_20210523_163532
5772021-05-20whole_datasetkml1948List of datasetsList of species60a670828a3dc_20210520_102634
5782021-05-20pointsshapefile52List of datasetsList of species60a65f7b432c1_20210520_103007
5792021-05-20whole_specieswfs52List of datasetsList of species60a65f7b432c1_20210520_091905
5802021-05-20whole_specieskml52List of datasetsList of species60a65f7b432c1_20210520_091641
5812021-05-20whole_specieswms52List of datasetsList of species60a65f7b432c1_20210520_091712
5822021-05-19dist_spcsv1482List of datasetsList of species60a5450ccec3b_20210519_130643
5832021-05-12dist_taxakml1483List of datasetsList of species609bee016b948_20210512_110615
5842021-05-12dist_taxakml1483List of datasetsList of species609bee016b948_20210512_110652
5852021-05-12dist_taxakml1483List of datasetsList of species609bee016b948_20210512_110611
5862021-05-12dist_taxakml1483List of datasetsList of species609bcbf2f1412_20210512_083804
5872021-05-07dist_spkml1List of datasetsList of species6094bdb356a8f_20210507_001044
5882021-05-07pointsshapefile302List of datasetsList of species609516aee5f30_20210507_063942
5892021-05-07pointscsv268List of datasetsList of species609515015da9b_20210507_062756
5902021-05-03dist_spshapefile45List of datasetsList of species608c0c2457cfd_20210503_032106
5912021-05-02whole_speciescsv14List of datasetsList of species608ee08db3cd7_20210502_135847
5922021-05-02whole_speciesgdb14List of datasetsList of species608ee08db3cd7_20210502_140256
5932021-05-02pointscsv1033List of datasetsList of species608e7d421166d_20210502_062909
5942021-05-02dist_spcsv707List of datasetsList of species608eddc787aa1_20210502_131554
5952021-05-02whole_speciescsv917List of datasetsList of species608e7d421166d_20210502_062618
5962021-05-02dist_spcsv45List of datasetsList of species608edef665e95_20210502_132340
5972021-05-02dist_spshapefile45List of datasetsList of species608edef665e95_20210502_133727
5982021-05-01dist_spshapefile45List of datasetsList of species608da126a298b_20210501_144727
5992021-05-01dist_spcsv716List of datasetsList of species608d929e5036d_20210501_135343
6002021-05-01whole_speciescsv9List of datasetsList of species608d929e5036d_20210501_135324
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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.