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This article will walk you through all you need to start contributing to the SEG Wiki. If you would like one-on-one help, please contact us. Use the table of contents below to navigate the article.

General wiki help

  • Wiki basic tutorial: quick tutorial to learn or refresh yourself on how the SEG Wiki operates. Short sections on editing, formatting, citing sources, and how to interact with your other contributors on the SEG Wiki.
  • The Wikipedia Adventure: an interactive tutorial that walks you through all the basics - learn by doing!
  • SEG Wiki cheat sheet: all the most used wiki markups on one sheet.

SEG Wiki help

  • SEG Wiki primer: personalized walk-through of the SEG Wiki to learn your way around and start contributing.
  • Using Wikipedia to add content to the SEG Wiki
  • Searching the SEG Wiki: brief tutorial on navigating and searching the SEG Wiki to help you find what you want.
  • Adding a Dictionary Term: if you find a term that is missing from Sheriff's Dictionary, learn how to add it here!

Ten things you can do

  1. Read it — find a page or category that interests you, and start exploring the content [1]
  2. Edit it — check out these common editing tasks
  3. Share it — like most of the web, wikis need to be shared to survive. When you find something useful, share it and tag us @SEGWiki.
  4. Add a profile — after becoming a registered user of SEG, add some info about yourself.
  5. Add a sandbox — after following the directions at the link above, click on the red link that says Sandbox. Try some editing — you can do anything you like here, make it yours.
  6. Fix equations — most of the equations in the SEG Encyclopedic Dictionary are poorly formatted. If you know LaTeX, you can help fix them. Here's one that's been fixed. This is the full list of articles that need fixed.
  7. Add references — just like technical papers, wikis need citations and references if they are to be useful and trusted. Most articles in SEG Wiki have citations, but the references are on another page. Here's one that has been fixed. Here are ones that need to be fixed: here, here, and here.
  8. Add a figure — again, the figures are mostly divorced from their articles. The Q article shows one way to integrate them. Some articles have lots of figures. This one needs fixed.
  9. Improve the knowledge tree — this page outlines the main articles in the geosciences. Add 1-2 sentences for each item, outlining its role within geosciences.
  10. Add an article — this may seem like a big step, but don't be shy. Be bold! Go to the knowledge tree and click on the one of the red links to get started. Or create your own page you would like to see added. We can worry later if the new article needs to be split or combined or renamed or reformatted. The point is to start. Check out an article template.

Personalized support

  • Email the SEG Wiki team at wiki‐at‐ with your questions and comments. Additionally, you can engage the SEG Wiki Editor directly on this site.
  • Connect with us on Twitter @SEGWiki and Facebook
  • The SEG Bulletin Board: visit this page to acknowledge, thank, and appreciate fellow SEG Wiki contributors and volunteers. In addition, ask any questions you may have to peers within the SEG Wiki community, for personalized support.
  • For support from the larger Wikipedia community: The Teahouse introduces new editors to Wikipedia culture through a forum for exchanging information, troubleshooting problems, and developing relationships with experienced Wikipedia editors.


Creating your own profile

  1. Add user page to the SEG Wiki
    1. To access your user page, first make sure to login to SEG's single sign-on system (SSO) using your login credentials
    2. Then, visit your user page
    3. Add your own personal information under each category
    4. For a strong example of a user page, check out the user page of Elizabeth Warren, journals production editor for GEOPHYSICS and Interpretation.
  2. Tip: Copy source code from Andrew’s sandbox, and paste to your own user page

Information can include:

  • Companies and professional affiliations
  • Expertise, topics of interest
  • One question about the wiki
  • One new page idea for the wiki
  • A photo (if you'd like)

Common editing tasks

General gardening:

  • Typos, grammar, adding links, adding categories, adding relevant external links, etc.
  • Refining or adding references to increase credibility
  • Adding photographs, which requires them to be openly licensed or public domain
  • Improve figures and diagrams
  • Improving stubs
  • Substantial editing, or adding substantial new material

Advanced editing:

  • Adding new articles
  • Merging or splitting articles is hard work
  • Creating and using templates

How to start a new page

  • Search if the article already exists
  • If it does not, create from result page (click on red link)
  • Add relevant categories (list of categories)
  • Upload a new file
Visit the article template and how to name a article for more information.

Pages needing attention

Knowledge tree

This page outlines the main articles in the geosciences field. Add a few sentences for each item listed on the page or click on any of the links to begin expanding the articles. If you see any major topics missing, please add under its relevant heading. Wikipedia serves as a good starting place for links in red or topics that do not have a summary. This article template will also help you develop articles.


Many of the biographies of SEG pioneers are in need of polishing. This includes help with -

  • Spacing
  • Adding information to the infobox (box that appears in the top right of the page)
  • Combine biography sections that repeat content, remove repeating content
  • Add direct links to SEG library of articles and publications mentioned in bio
  • Clean up paragraphs as necessary, this includes making lists, removing references from section titles, etc.

Below are examples of pages that we believe are strong entries to follow as examples.


A stub is an article containing only a few sentences of text which is too short to provide encyclopedic coverage of a subject. Help us grow the wiki by expanding short articles here.

Geoscientists without Borders

GWB is seeking help developing wiki pages for their program projects around the world.

Helpful links

Content requested by geophysicists

  • Documenting open datasets - open data
  • The basics of seismic interpretation
  • The basic equations of geophysics
  • Summaries of classic papers (e.g., most cited papers in Geophysics and TLE)
  • Microseismic (hot topic generally)
  • Borehole geophysics (same)


  1. Ten ways to make a difference. Matt Hall. Agile* Geoscience. This list originated from the Agile* blog.