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
6512021-03-24dist_spshapefile707List of datasetsList of species605bac0706b79_20210324_171944
6522021-03-23whole_speciescsv81List of datasetsList of species605a1ffd4eac9_20210323_131503
6532021-03-22dist_spcsv707List of datasetsList of species60588af59baaa_20210322_082030
6542021-03-22dist_spcsv1483List of datasetsList of species60587cb754109_20210322_072251
6552021-03-20whole_specieskml917List of datasetsList of species605574bbc350c_20210320_000709
6562021-03-20whole_specieskml917List of datasetsList of species6055738b85cdd_20210320_000525
6572021-03-20whole_specieskml1948List of datasetsList of species60568d3a980af_20210320_201410
6582021-03-20whole_specieskml1948List of datasetsList of species60568d3a980af_20210320_202850
6592021-03-20whole_specieskml1948List of datasetsList of species60568d3a980af_20210320_202307
6602021-03-20whole_specieskml1948List of datasetsList of species60568d3a980af_20210320_201137
6612021-03-19dist_taxakml1483List of datasetsList of species605498e0665e8_20210319_083009
6622021-03-18dist_taxakml1483List of datasetsList of species6053b2d48d14a_20210318_160843
6632021-03-18dist_spshapefile707List of datasetsList of species605386f0628db_20210318_131528
6642021-03-18whole_datasetkml9List of datasetsList of species6053945b89e30_20210318_140533
6652021-03-18whole_datasetkml9List of datasetsList of species6053945b89e30_20210318_140256
6662021-03-17dist_spshapefile181List of datasetsList of species6051c036e9b14_20210317_045928
6672021-03-16whole_specieswfs917List of datasetsList of species6050d40696422_20210316_125716
6682021-03-16whole_specieswms917List of datasetsList of species6050d40696422_20210316_121948
6692021-03-16whole_specieswfs917List of datasetsList of species6050d40696422_20210316_121225
6702021-03-15dist_spshapefile45List of datasetsList of species605028c85888b_20210315_234604
6712021-03-15dist_spshapefile1449List of datasetsList of species604f661580d3b_20210315_095405
6722021-03-15dist_spcsv1449List of datasetsList of species604f661580d3b_20210315_095404
6732021-03-13pointscsv1908List of datasetsList of species604ca9e56bd50_20210313_071025
6742021-03-09dist_spcsv34List of datasetsList of species6047b6291ca20_20210309_212742
6752021-03-08whole_specieskml1948List of datasetsList of species604676c3f1fed_20210308_163737
6762021-03-08pointsshapefile9List of datasetsList of species6046d2bf2af75_20210308_204931
6772021-03-08pointscsv9List of datasetsList of species6046d2bf2af75_20210308_204829
6782021-03-08whole_specieskml1948List of datasetsList of species60468bbd8970f_20210308_154512
6792021-03-07whole_specieswfs917List of datasetsList of species60457a9d1bba0_20210307_202434
6802021-03-07whole_specieswfs917List of datasetsList of species60457a9d1bba0_20210307_204833
6812021-03-07whole_specieswfs917List of datasetsList of species60457a9d1bba0_20210307_202416
6822021-03-07whole_speciesgdb2List of datasetsList of species6044e4434bd9b_20210307_093858
6832021-03-07whole_specieskml2List of datasetsList of species6044e4434bd9b_20210307_093929
6842021-03-04dist_spcsv22List of datasetsList of species603fc30ac781b_20210304_023650
6852021-03-04dist_spcsv22List of datasetsList of species60408fc2eeb65_20210304_024753
6862021-03-03dist_spcsv45List of datasetsList of species60405d029b2c8_20210303_231036
6872021-03-03dist_spcsv22List of datasetsList of species603fc30ac781b_20210303_121746
6882021-03-03dist_spcsv22List of datasetsList of species603fc30ac781b_20210303_123046
6892021-03-02dist_spcsv45List of datasetsList of species603e94f41cf0f_20210302_144811
6902021-03-01dist_spcsv9List of datasetsList of species603ced6d315f2_20210301_083540
6912021-03-01dist_spcsv45List of datasetsList of species603cf20d6cf0f_20210301_085520
6922021-02-28dist_spcsv59List of datasetsList of species603b92def0096_20210228_085740
6932021-02-28dist_spcsv59List of datasetsList of species603b92def0096_20210228_080431
6942021-02-28whole_specieskml1948List of datasetsList of species603be1ae41441_20210228_134104
6952021-02-26dist_spwms14List of datasetsList of species60391adcc7a03_20210226_110053
6962021-02-26whole_datasetkml1948List of datasetsList of species6039b58e961d7_20210226_222050
6972021-02-25dist_spcsv707List of datasetsList of species603823f3e957f_20210225_173641
6982021-02-25dist_spshapefile707List of datasetsList of species603823f3e957f_20210225_173559
6992021-02-25whole_datasetkml1948List of datasetsList of species603773550866e_20210225_052345
7002021-02-25whole_datasetkml1948List of datasetsList of species603773550866e_20210225_050943
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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.