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
8512020-02-16pointsshapefile56List of datasetsList of species5e48c64b9c7e5_20200215_234523
8522020-02-16pointsshapefile283List of datasetsList of species5e48c64b9c7e5_20200216_093435
8532020-02-13pointscsv2020List of datasetsList of species5e45778ece90e_20200213_112628
8542020-02-10pointscsv2020List of datasetsList of species5e416fd6b13f1_20200210_100722
8552020-02-06pointscsv4List of datasetsList of species5e3b405552108_20200206_184038
8562020-02-06pointscsv954List of datasetsList of species5e3b405552108_20200206_163952
8572020-02-01pointscsv125List of datasetsList of species5e3564d93c23d_20200201_064945
8582020-02-01pointscsv1343List of datasetsList of species5e3564d93c23d_20200201_071349
8592020-01-30dist_taxakml1List of datasetsList of species5e3338724e519_20200130_151427
8602020-01-30pointskml11List of datasetsList of species5e329030bb19f_20200130_035429
8612020-01-30pointscsv3List of datasetsList of species5e32c198bb5f6_20200130_064811
8622020-01-18dist_taxakml1532List of datasetsList of species5e23220785c01_20200118_102146
8632020-01-18dist_taxakml1532List of datasetsList of species5e23220785c01_20200118_102142
8642020-01-17pointskml2List of datasetsList of species5e21db81a9fab_20200117_110648
8652020-01-17pointskml2List of datasetsList of species5e21db81a9fab_20200117_110826
8662020-01-17pointskml2List of datasetsList of species5e21db81a9fab_20200117_111442
8672020-01-15dist_taxashapefile1211List of datasetsList of species5e1f230780aa6_20200115_094739
8682020-01-15dist_taxacsv1211List of datasetsList of species5e1f230780aa6_20200115_093920
8692020-01-15dist_taxashapefile1406List of datasetsList of species5e1f31fd6b080_20200115_135609
8702020-01-15dist_taxashapefile1595List of datasetsList of species5e1f31fd6b080_20200115_135206
8712020-01-15pointsshapefile1882List of datasetsList of species5e1f31fd6b080_20200115_104216
8722020-01-08pointscsv67List of datasetsList of species5e162121e6c2b_20200108_134051
8732020-01-08pointscsv67List of datasetsList of species5e16172bd2571_20200108_130935
8742020-01-03pointscsv954List of datasetsList of species5e0f8229cf447_20200103_130919
8752019-12-27pointscsv954List of datasetsList of species5e0629a6c55db_20191227_110029
8762019-12-26dist_taxashapefile1List of datasetsList of species5e047abb628b3_20191226_042548
8772019-12-26pointsshapefile2List of datasetsList of species5e047fbcd714f_20191226_044124
8782019-12-26dist_taxashapefile1List of datasetsList of species5e047fbcd714f_20191226_044508
8792019-12-20dist_spshapefile1532List of datasetsList of species5dfcbd82da2f8_20191220_073153
8802019-12-13dist_spkml2List of datasetsList of species5df40f50c19ee_20191213_172317
8812019-12-07pointsshapefile1List of datasetsList of species5deb3f68164eb_20191207_015011
8822019-12-07pointscsv1List of datasetsList of species5deb3f68164eb_20191207_014826
8832019-12-04pointscsv125List of datasetsList of species5de789fa7d660_20191204_053612
8842019-12-03pointsshapefile15List of datasetsList of species5de68caf19458_20191203_112951
8852019-12-02pointsshapefile15List of datasetsList of species5de5a11a7031c_20191202_184256
8862019-12-01pointscsv2List of datasetsList of species5de40469c5240_20191201_132203
8872019-12-01pointscsv2List of datasetsList of species5de40539677ee_20191201_134033
8882019-12-01pointsshapefile2List of datasetsList of species5de404d89c796_20191201_132329
8892019-11-28pointscsv11List of datasetsList of species5ddfe54fa2c08_20191128_102555
8902019-11-28pointsshapefile11List of datasetsList of species5ddfe54fa2c08_20191128_102251
8912019-11-26pointscsv82List of datasetsList of species5ddcbb80bca2b_20191126_004531
8922019-11-26pointsshapefile283List of datasetsList of species5ddcb2959bf4b_20191126_000912
8932019-11-26pointscsv283List of datasetsList of species5ddcbb80bca2b_20191126_010645
8942019-11-26pointscsv82List of datasetsList of species5ddcbb80bca2b_20191126_004604
8952019-11-26pointsshapefile82List of datasetsList of species5ddcb2959bf4b_20191126_001343
8962019-11-26pointscsv954List of datasetsList of species5ddcbb80bca2b_20191126_005237
8972019-11-26pointsshapefile82List of datasetsList of species5ddca306689c4_20191126_000308
8982019-11-26pointsshapefile954List of datasetsList of species5ddcbb80bca2b_20191126_005017
8992019-11-26pointsshapefile1List of datasetsList of species5ddcb2959bf4b_20191126_001546
9002019-11-26pointscsv2List of datasetsList of species5ddcbb0c1991f_20191126_004248
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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.