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The SEG Wiki is built on Mediawiki, the same platform that Wikipedia is built. Click on the sections below to learn more about adding your knowledge and expertise to the SEG Wiki today!

For a great post on getting starting, including adding a profile, a sandbox, and other concrete steps to get started, visit Ten ways to make a difference. In addition, read this blog post on the four ways the SEG Wiki can benefit you.

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.
  • 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!

Personalized support

  • 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.
  • Leave a message here and SEG staff will personally help answer your question.


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

Pages needing attention


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)