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This article will walk you through all you need to start contributing to the SEG Wiki. Read the ten things you can do and the brand new wiki help videos for a quick overview. If you would like one-on-one help, please contact us. Use the table of contents below to navigate the article.

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.

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!
  • Frequently Asked Questions: All the most asked wiki questions answered.
SEG Wiki cheat sheet: all the most used wiki markups on one sheet.

SEG Wiki help

  • The new wiki help video series aims to provide you with the skills necessary to start contributing. We have completed help videos on launching your own user page, growing articles in our biographies section, and advanced tutorials on improving Sheriff's Dictionary. Future videos are planned, so bookmark the playlist!
  • 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!

Articles and areas 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.


Common editing tasks

  1. References and links in the headings
  2. Adding information in the infobox
    1. Look for text regarding universities, degrees, membership information, and current company to add to the infobox.
    2. The infobox at the top of the page will list all fields.
  3. Turning text into lists, where appropriate
  4. Improper spacing due to conversion from book to wiki
  5. Add the == References == section and {{reflist}} template if missing.
  6. Add the == External links == section and the {{search}} template at end of article.
    1. The external links and search template allow users to discover content on a variety of different websites, including the SEG Digital Library and Google Scholar.

Get started

  • Biographies that need content in infobox.
  • Biographies that need general help
  • Women in geoscience
    • Showcases women who have made substantial contributions to the geosciences and/or the Society of Exploration Geophysicists.
    • Add the [[Category: Women in geoscience]] tag at the bottom of relevant articles.
    • This tag will allow us to highlight those women who have made substantial contributions to the geosciences.

Sheriff's Dictionary

  • Landing page for Sheriff's Dictionary.
    • A-Z directory
    • List of conventions used, guide to pronunciation, reference tables and figures, appendices, and references.

Common editing tasks

Since Robert Sheriff conceptualized a written book when completing his work, there are three common issues that detract from the full online experience. These issues arise:

  1. the equations
  2. the references
  3. the figures

Most of the equations in the Dictionary are poorly formatted. This is due to the initial conversion process from book to wiki.

If you know LaTeX, or are willing to learn, you can help us fix them. The site that will help you fix these equations is CodeCogs. CodeCogs is a visual website that allows you to create the math code you need.

This article provides numerous examples of the proper math code. Visit this page for a list of articles that need fixed.


Just like technical papers, wikis need citations and references if they are to be useful and trusted. Frequently, references will appear in the articles without the proper citations. This is the full list of references that appear in the Dictionary. Use this page to locate the missing full citations in the Dictionary articles.

The Q article has been fixed. Here are two that need to be fixed: anisotropy and tomography.

Note: References are more difficult to find since there is not a category listing all of the pages that need references. Many of the articles, including Dictionary figures, will need to have references added.


As with references, most of the figures do not appear in their entirely on the article. All of the figures for Sheriff’s Dictionary have captions. We will retain the captions when adding the figures to the Dictionary entries.

It is possible that these figures will have the same issues as the dictionary entries: improper math and no references. I encourage you to address these issues in the figures as you see them.

The Q article shows one way to integrate them. Some articles have lots of figures. The tomography article needs fixed.

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)

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.

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.

Helpful links


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