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This article outlines 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 of this page. If you would like one-on-one help, please contact us.

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 or the recommended articles page and click one of the red links to get started. Or, recommend a concept that is currently missing. Check out an article template to start building your page now.

QUICK LAYER: SEG Wiki cheat sheet: all the most used wiki markups on one sheet.

General wiki help

  • The wiki help video series aims to provide you with the skills necessary to start contributing. Help videos on launching your own user page, growing articles in our biographies section, and advanced tutorials on improving Sheriff's Dictionary now available. Future videos are planned, so bookmark the playlist!
  • Wiki basic tutorial: quick tutorial on how the SEG Wiki operates. Short sections on editing, formatting, citing sources, and interacting with other contributors.
  • 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 primer: learn your way around the SEG Wiki and start contributing.
  • Using Wikipedia to add content to the SEG Wiki

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.




  1. Ten ways to make a difference. Matt Hall. Agile* Geoscience. This list originated from the Agile* blog.
  2. Whaley, J., 2017, Oil in the Heart of South America,], accessed November 15, 2021.
  3. Wiens, F., 1995, Phanerozoic Tectonics and Sedimentation of The Chaco Basin, Paraguay. Its Hydrocarbon Potential: Geoconsultores, 2-27, accessed November 15, 2021;
  4. Alfredo, Carlos, and Clebsch Kuhn. “The Geological Evolution of the Paraguayan Chaco.” TTU DSpace Home. Texas Tech University, August 1, 1991.