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
8012020-05-26pointsshapefile954List of datasetsList of species5ecd60304e543_20200526_143149
8022020-05-26pointsshapefile11List of datasetsList of species5ecd6111bcccd_20200526_143430
8032020-05-26pointscsv283List of datasetsList of species5ecd21c2cb7cc_20200526_100520
8042020-05-26pointscsv954List of datasetsList of species5ecd08b40008b_20200526_082122
8052020-05-26pointscsv16List of datasetsList of species5ecce5bb87a09_20200526_055055
8062020-05-26pointscsv26List of datasetsList of species5eccf4d081fab_20200526_065453
8072020-05-24dist_taxashapefile3List of datasetsList of species5ecadb21a370c_20200524_164546
8082020-05-23dist_spshapefile732List of datasetsList of species5ec947fbc90dd_20200523_123038
8092020-05-23dist_spkml732List of datasetsList of species5ec947fbc90dd_20200523_125432
8102020-05-23pointsshapefile56List of datasetsList of species5ec97d875530d_20200523_154651
8112020-05-17dist_taxakml8List of datasetsList of species5ec1323034071_20200517_084812
8122020-05-15pointscsv954List of datasetsList of species5ebf106a3e548_20200515_180512
8132020-05-12pointscsv954List of datasetsList of species5ebaf8799bb61_20200512_153656
8142020-05-11pointskml11List of datasetsList of species5eb904c68cec1_20200511_062305
8152020-05-11dist_spkml1532List of datasetsList of species5eb8fbee8ffb5_20200511_032210
8162020-05-11dist_spkml1532List of datasetsList of species5eb8fbee8ffb5_20200511_032206
8172020-05-11dist_spkml1532List of datasetsList of species5eb8fbee8ffb5_20200511_032209
8182020-05-08pointsshapefile67List of datasetsList of species5eb4cb158f60f_20200507_230545
8192020-05-05dist_spkml1384List of datasetsList of species5eb11a6deab30_20200505_035004
8202020-05-05pointscsv954List of datasetsList of species5eb11e7b050ba_20200505_041743
8212020-05-04pointsshapefile11List of datasetsList of species5eb0564f9d4b8_20200504_135628
8222020-05-04pointsshapefile954List of datasetsList of species5eb06368bb127_20200504_144955
8232020-05-02pointscsv67List of datasetsList of species5eade267035af_20200502_175857
8242020-05-02pointsshapefile1List of datasetsList of species5ead920b5bea7_20200502_113501
8252020-05-01pointscsv954List of datasetsList of species5eac41be1f18c_20200501_114421
8262020-04-28pointskml4List of datasetsList of species5ea852545cabb_20200428_122528
8272020-04-28pointskml1List of datasetsList of species5ea8701b700a4_20200428_140852
8282020-04-20dist_spkml1532List of datasetsList of species5e9d61d9c6c33_20200420_045116
8292020-04-07dist_spkml9List of datasetsList of species5e8c7b7b7d566_20200407_091445
8302020-04-07pointsshapefile11List of datasetsList of species5e8c80de9817f_20200407_093711
8312020-04-06pointscsv2020List of datasetsList of species5e8a9dec3204a_20200405_231545
8322020-04-03pointscsv11List of datasetsList of species5e877cab25f92_20200403_142404
8332020-04-02dist_spkml2List of datasetsList of species5e85603ad4e39_20200401_234749
8342020-03-30pointscsv55List of datasetsList of species5e8276b37a5fc_20200330_185145
8352020-03-29dist_spshapefile189List of datasetsList of species5e80d4cd7c99f_20200329_130934
8362020-03-21pointscsv11List of datasetsList of species5e766b4486c95_20200321_154507
8372020-03-19pointsshapefile82List of datasetsList of species5e73dd8abd8d1_20200319_170305
8382020-03-18pointscsv2020List of datasetsList of species5e71fa01063cd_20200318_063959
8392020-03-09dist_spshapefile49List of datasetsList of species5e661c75d94c4_20200309_064130
8402020-03-05dist_spkml2List of datasetsList of species5e60cce52a56b_20200305_045836
8412020-03-05dist_spkml2List of datasetsList of species5e60cce52a56b_20200305_045829
8422020-03-05pointskml283List of datasetsList of species5e60d9501b41a_20200305_055514
8432020-03-05dist_spkml2List of datasetsList of species5e60cce52a56b_20200305_045835
8442020-03-05pointskml283List of datasetsList of species5e60d9501b41a_20200305_055510
8452020-03-03pointsshapefile56List of datasetsList of species5e5db500e1718_20200302_205409
8462020-03-01pointskml283List of datasetsList of species5e5bcb259eadb_20200301_095454
8472020-03-01pointskml283List of datasetsList of species5e5bcb259eadb_20200301_095459
8482020-02-28pointsshapefile56List of datasetsList of species5e59266b15962_20200228_094728
8492020-02-16pointscsv56List of datasetsList of species5e48c64b9c7e5_20200215_234458
8502020-02-16pointscsv283List of datasetsList of species5e48c64b9c7e5_20200216_092952
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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.