User:Ageary/SEG Wiki biographer

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Position SEG Wiki biographer
When It's flexible! We'll work with your schedule.
Where Wherever you are
Reports to SEG publications outreach editor
Skills geophysics, research skills, interest in history, willingness to learn to edit the wiki
Time commitment 1-2 hours a week

Before TOC will be position summary Owns primary responsibility for growth of the SEG Wiki, developing content-enrichment programs, specifying functionality enhancements, and engaging volunteers, staff, and vendors to help carry them out. Emphasis is on building and maintaining a vibrant community of SEG Wiki contributors and users.

The SEG Wiki committee and SEG Wiki staff seek volunteers to add new biographies to the SEG Wiki to help reach our goal of 1,000 biographies. For example, many speakers in the Distinguished Lecture Program and the Honorary Lecture Program do not have biographies. In addition, many published authors with SEG do not have a biography.

Your role would consist of locating these missing biographies and adding them to the wiki. A video will be created shortly providing an example of how to add a biography.

SEG Wiki staff will hold webinars to train volunteers and provide support on a regular basis as needed. Volunteers will gain a working knowledge of wikitext (similar to contributing to Wikipedia), expand his/her role within the Society, and grow his/her geoscience knowledge and skills. Volunteers will also be considered for the 2016 SEG Wiki awards, awarded at the Annual Meeting in Dallas (attendance not required to win).

Volunteer description

  1. Takes primary responsibility for establishing a vibrant community of engaged and interconnected members who regularly contribute and refresh content. Strategies for building an engaged and passionate core of volunteers include but are not limited to building a team of subject-matter experts to serve as content recruiters and moderators; enlisting SEG committees in focused content-enrichment projects; and establishing and hosting virtual and in-person workshops, meetings, trainings, social media- and university-outreach activities, and other events related to the SEG Wiki.
  2. With guidance from the Digital Publications Manager and assistance from editorial teams, Application Development, Marketing, Web Content, and volunteers, develops digital strategies and implements plans for seeding and growing technical and historical content related to applied geophysics in the SEG Wiki and for facilitating the wiki’s widespread use. These strategies include but are not limited to infusing the wiki with existing SEG content and making improvements continuously to the wiki’s navigation and interface. Leads continual refreshment of these strategies and plans to achieve and maintain high levels of engagement and quality. Works with Application Development, Web Content, Publications and other groups to align the SEG Wiki with the Society’s overall digital strategies.
  3. Places emphasis on establishing bidirectional linking between the SEG Wiki and other SEG products and services.
  4. Serves as a liaison between staff and the SEG Online Committee and the SEG Wiki Committee on matters related to the SEG Wiki.
  5. Builds and maintains relationships with other organizations—especially AAPG and SPE—engaged in wiki development, assessing opportunities for collaboration and recommending pursuit as warranted. Maximizes cross-referencing and sharing of content among the wikis of the sister organizations.
  • Authority designated to the position
  • Reporting relationships and supervision


Suggested qualifications & core competencies

Volunteer engagement experience. At least two years experience in an electronic-publishing environment, including writing, copy-editing, and proofreading. Volunteer-engagement experience required. Wiki-development experience and experience with scientific material preferred.

Must be able to perform work indoors in climate-controlled private work area with minimal noise, performing primarily sedentary work with limited physical exertion and routine lifting of up to 30 lbs. Must be able to operate routine office equipment and routinely perform work on computer. Must be capable of regular and reliable attendance. Must be able to perform job functions with limited supervision. Must be able to carry out various written instructions and follow oral instructions. Must be able to speak clearly and deliver information in a logical and understandable sequence. Must be capable of dealing calmly and professionally with numerous different personalities from diverse cultures at various levels within and outside of the organization. Must be able to perform responsibilities with composure under the stress of deadlines / requirements for accuracy and quality and / or fast pace. Must be capable of exercising highest level of discretion on both internal and external confidential matters and conducting himself / herself with sensitivity to both political and personnel issues. Nothing in this position description restricts management’s right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at anytime.

Skills and knowledge

  • Intermediate written communication skills and well-developed oral and interpersonal skills are required for dealing with internal and external contacts.
  • Familiarity with current and emerging systems and technologies in online publishing.
  • Ability to use online publications site-management tools.
  • Ability to inspire, organize, and coordinate volunteer activities.
  1. Action Orientation-Pursues work with energy; perseveres especially in the face of resistance or setbacks
  2. Adaptability to Change-Understands that different situations may call for different skills and approaches; demonstrates commitment to continuous improvement; demonstrates flexibility; embraces changes in a positive manner
  3. Communication-Provides timely information so that accurate decisions can be made; practices attentive and active listening; restates the opinions of others accurately even when he/she disagrees; conveys information and ideas clearly and positively; both in oral and written communication
  4. Integrity and Trust - Presents the truth in an appropriate and helpful manner; keeps confidences; admits mistakes; delivers on commitments; conducts him/herself at all times in a manner that reflects credit on him/herself and the Society.
  5. Problem Solving and Decision Making-Uses sound logic and methods to solve problems and develop effective solutions; looks beyond the obvious and doesn’t stop at the first answer; makes good decisions based upon a mixture of analysis, wisdom, experience, and judgment
  6. Teamwork-Encourages collaboration by fostering open dialogue; defines success in terms of the whole team; finds common ground and solves problems for the good of all areas of SEG; represents his/her own interests while exercising fairness to others; shares successes
  7. Time Management-Uses his/her time effectively and efficiently; attends to a broad range of activities; spends his/her time and the time of others on what is important
  8. Quality of Work Output-Produces high-quality work with few errors within deadlines; uses resources effectively

Time requirement

Proposed starting date (and ending date, if applicable)

SEG core values

Culture is the heart and soul of an organization’s identity. Who they are, what they aspire to become, how they want to be perceived. These represent how we should treat each other as well as how we execute here at SEG:

  1. Integrity – acting with honesty and purpose. We hold each other accountable, act with conviction, and speak truthfully.
  2. Service – working to help others. Whether working with others inside or outside the organization, we are a service organization and will get the job done.
  3. Respect – treating everyone with dignity. Regardless of our job description, department, or company, everyone here is on the same mission and should be treated with respect and dignity.
  4. Teamwork – Collaborating for shared success. If we don’t work together, we won’t see success. Success requires teamwork! We don’t assign blame, but work to solve the problem and help prevent it from reoccurring.
  5. Communication – Clear, consistent, and credible to everyone who is involved. What we communicate and to whom is equally as important.


Ways to get started

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 (click on Create on top right)
    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. Add a sandbox — add [[/Sandbox/]] to your newly created user page, save page and then click on the red link that appears. Try some editing - you can do anything you like here and it does not impact the content on the main wiki.
  3. To add additional sandboxes, change the name of the pages (no need to delete the original Sandbox page). For example, [[/Test 2/]], [[/AVO test/]], and so forth.

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)
{{DISPLAYTITLE:My name here}}
Insert introduction - name, job title, contact information.

==Companies and professional affiliations==

==Expertise I can offer==

==3 definitions that need updated in Sheriff's ''Dictionary''==

==One question for the SEG Wiki staff==

==Testing ground==

Knowledge tree

If you have already created a user page, visit the knowledge tree and pick a topic listed to add additional content.

The knowledge tree outlines the main articles under three subjects: geophysics, geology, and petroleum engineering. Please add 1-2 sentences for each item, outlining its role within geosciences. To develop each article further, click the link and begin building or editing the existing page. If you see any major topics missing, please add under its relevant heading.

Create a new article - step by step

  1. Add a link to an existing page OR click on the red link that appears in the result page when you search for the article
    1. Tips for naming articles
  2. Click the red link you just made to start the new page
  3. Write the introduction
  4. Add links liberally, but not willy-nilly
  5. Write the article, adding references as you go
  6. Add See also, External links, and References sections
  7. If it’s a stub, add {{stub}}
  8. Add it to at least one [[Category:Example]]
  9. Add #REDIRECT pages for the new article
  10. Search the wiki and link from related articles

QUICK LAYER: Visit the article template and how to name an article for more information.