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
9512019-10-11pointsshapefile14List of datasetsList of species5da0c68aba0a3_20191011_152153
9522019-10-09pointscsv954List of datasetsList of species5d9e1615d9a99_20191009_132003
9532019-10-09pointscsv56List of datasetsList of species5d9d35beed51d_20191008_212717
9542019-10-09pointsshapefile283List of datasetsList of species5d9dfb912b244_20191009_112740
9552019-10-07pointscsv2020List of datasetsList of species5d9a9961ee62a_20191006_220254
9562019-09-24pointscsv4List of datasetsList of species5d8a8867bd821_20190924_182208
9572019-09-24pointscsv4List of datasetsList of species5d8a8867bd821_20190924_182542
9582019-09-14pointscsv15List of datasetsList of species5d7d3d41465f7_20190914_153358
9592019-09-14pointscsv15List of datasetsList of species5d7d3d41465f7_20190914_152901
9602019-09-14dist_spcsv10List of datasetsList of species5d7d47715363c_20190914_160337
9612019-09-14pointsshapefile15List of datasetsList of species5d7d3d41465f7_20190914_152549
9622019-09-14pointscsv15List of datasetsList of species5d7d47715363c_20190914_160323
9632019-09-14pointscsv15List of datasetsList of species5d7d3d41465f7_20190914_153145
9642019-09-10dist_spcsv11List of datasetsList of species5d77bfa43fe04_20190910_112906
9652019-09-03dist_spcsv2List of datasetsList of species5d6ed0886f61d_20190903_164616
9662019-09-03dist_spcsv3List of datasetsList of species5d6ed78cdaeb4_20190903_172608
9672019-09-03dist_spcsv2List of datasetsList of species5d6ed0886f61d_20190903_165508
9682019-09-03dist_spcsv8List of datasetsList of species5d6ed78cdaeb4_20190903_173834
9692019-08-30pointscsv954List of datasetsList of species5d68e3e642336_20190830_050221
9702019-08-28pointsshapefile2List of datasetsList of species5d668e5a4431d_20190828_111404
9712019-08-28pointsshapefile5List of datasetsList of species5d668e5a4431d_20190828_112039
9722019-08-27pointsshapefile5List of datasetsList of species5d6597209ce56_20190827_174032
9732019-08-27pointsshapefile2020List of datasetsList of species5d65811785e87_20190827_160957
9742019-08-27pointsshapefile2020List of datasetsList of species5d65811785e87_20190827_162242
9752019-08-26dist_spkml10List of datasetsList of species5d6397086ca89_20190826_043045
9762019-08-26pointsshapefile15List of datasetsList of species5d6398d9480db_20190826_044409
9772019-08-22pointscsv11List of datasetsList of species5d5ed10e74c09_20190822_134854
9782019-08-22pointscsv26List of datasetsList of species5d5ea1976ddb8_20190822_101322
9792019-08-21dist_spkml1532List of datasetsList of species5d5d8df95d288_20190821_143137
9802019-08-20pointscsv2020List of datasetsList of species5d5bda646a5cc_20190820_073726
9812019-08-20pointscsv954List of datasetsList of species5d5c694c05c4f_20190820_174321
9822019-08-13pointsshapefile26List of datasetsList of species5d534a7c74a76_20190813_194108
9832019-08-13pointsshapefile954List of datasetsList of species5d534d3430147_20190813_195242
9842019-08-12dist_taxakml1532List of datasetsList of species5d5161a504ddb_20190812_085522
9852019-08-07pointscsv11List of datasetsList of species5d4a3a2149d79_20190806_224729
9862019-08-06dist_taxakml1760List of datasetsList of species5d499d0388673_20190806_113142
9872019-08-06dist_taxakml1760List of datasetsList of species5d499d0388673_20190806_113136
9882019-08-06dist_spkml10List of datasetsList of species5d499db5d7fed_20190806_113409
9892019-08-06dist_spshapefile6List of datasetsList of species5d4978bdd6bee_20190806_090252
9902019-08-03pointsshapefile954List of datasetsList of species5d459f2219dc2_20190803_105414
9912019-08-02pointsshapefile11List of datasetsList of species5d44b0eb5dc4d_20190802_175412
9922019-07-30pointscsv15List of datasetsList of species5d40325f02c6e_20190730_081619
9932019-07-28pointscsv1List of datasetsList of species5d3d29872e96d_20190728_005345
9942019-07-28dist_spcsv189List of datasetsList of species5d3d1dc4331f9_20190728_000254
9952019-07-28dist_spcsv180List of datasetsList of species5d3d2882e434f_20190728_004634
9962019-07-28pointscsv283List of datasetsList of species5d3d29872e96d_20190728_005054
9972019-07-28pointscsv283List of datasetsList of species5d3d1dc4331f9_20190728_001137
9982019-07-28dist_spshapefile189List of datasetsList of species5d3d1dc4331f9_20190728_000313
9992019-07-23pointskml56List of datasetsList of species5d369c122b0ad_20190723_013618
10002019-07-14pointscsv11List of datasetsList of species5d2babc407179_20190714_183649
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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.