Example search

Last updated on Wed, 2010-09-29 13:42. Originally submitted by evberghe on 2010-09-22 12:38.

The search interface is very powerful; but all this power means that some of the simple features are not easy to find. In order to assist users, we have developed a demonstration search, in a step by step fashion. You can also watch a video tutorial (in a new tab/window, 4 minutes, 1120x700) for the same search.

Simple search and download

  • Go to 'Search Data'
  • Click on 'Click to Search & Browse Species'
  • In the right window that opens, there are two combo boxes, followed by an empty text box; in that text box, type 'Sphyrna tiburo' or any other taxonomic name of interest (the db will try and guess which species you want as soon as you've typed a minimum of 4 characters)
  • Click on the species of interest in the drop-down list with suggestions (you have to do this, even if there is only one suggestion left)
  • Click on update map - from there you can pan and zoom
  • To go to the points on the map: click on 'Layers', top right of the map window, then choose the radio button labelled 'points'
  • To go to the points for download: click on 'Show results' in the top of the left window, this brings up a new right window. Click on 'Download', the last option in the menu for this new window. Click on the radio button for 'Points'; you have the option of downloading the data as they were provided by the data custodian, or our interpretation of them; then click csv in the list of data formats. If there are many points, the extraction process can take a while, especially if you've chosen to download the data custodian's version.
OBIS is a project of:
IOC-UNESCO
IODE Sponsored by:
Martin International and Les Grands Explorateurs
With in-kind support from:
Marine Geospatial Ecology Lab, Duke University
Universidad Simón Bolívar Flanders Marine Institute

OBIS strives to document the ocean's diversity, distribution and abundance of life. Created by the Census of Marine Life, OBIS is now part of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of UNESCO, under its International Oceanographic Data and Information Exchange (IODE) programme.