Fifth edition editor

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Position Fifth edition editor
When It's flexible! We'll work with your schedule.
Where Wherever you are
Reports to SEG publications outreach editor
Skills geophysics, research, copy writing, copy editing, organization, willingness to learn to edit the wiki
Time commitment 4-8 hours a month
More info [email protected]

In 2016, the SEG Wiki reached a milestone: 10 million views (over 6 million in 2015 alone). Over the last year, the wiki added 1,654 users and grew the number of pages in the wiki by 176%. Additionally, volunteers made 49,959 individual contributions. The SEG Wiki offers exciting opportunities to those wishing to make a significant impact and contribution to the SEG community, its global members and affiliated societies, and the public at large. Join this rapidly growing site and contribute to leave your mark on the only online encyclopedia dedicated to applied geophysics!

The SEG Wiki committee and SEG staff seek volunteers with geophysical knowledge to update Robert Sheriff's Encyclopedic Dictionary on the SEG Wiki. These volunteers will write articles based on the content list built by the SEG Wiki Committee. These volunteers will ensure that content is clear, concise, and accurate. Additionally, new entries will model the encyclopedic model (of the SEG Wiki and Wikipedia) over the dictionary style.

The fourth edition of SEG's bestseller Encyclopedic Dictionary was last updated in 2002. It's a valuable reference that is a must for every geophysicist, geologist, engineer, energy adviser, economist, and student involved in the field. Now, it needs to be updated for the next generation of scientists. Along with the SEG Wiki Committee, help the Society and the science of applied geophysics with this ambitious project to crowd source the fifth edition of the Dictionary and honor the legacy and scholarship of Robert Sheriff.

SEG Wiki staff will hold webinars to train volunteers and provide support 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. SEG Wiki volunteers will also be considered for the 2018 SEG Wiki awards, named at the Annual Meeting in Anaheim, CA, USA (attendance not required to win).

Volunteer responsibilities

  • With guidance from the SEG Publications outreach editor, digital publications manager, and other volunteers will contribute content based on the fifth edition list
  • Ensure that content is clear, concise, and accurate
  • New entries model the encyclopedic model; definitions expanded as necessary
  • Places emphasis on establishing bi-directional linking between the SEG Wiki and other SEG products and services
  • Opportunity to participate and contribute at SEG meetings and events (of the Society and the SEG Wiki Committee)
  • Reports directly to the SEG publications outreach editor


SEG Wiki staff will hold webinars and provide in-person training as needed. Volunteers will develop skills working with Mediawiki, building pages with wikitext, and gaining a better understanding of the importance and process of citing scientific sources in launching these pages.
Recommendation letters, networking opportunities
Recommendations gladly provided to great volunteers (e.g., LinkedIn recommendations). You will also have the opportunity to network with other volunteers, SEG members, and the Wiki Committee.

SEG values all service and will work to ensure that volunteers receive a learning experience that fits career and learning goals.


  • Self-motivated, possess good organizational skills, detail-oriented, ability to prioritize, and meet deadlines
  • Can work independently and in team, has the ability to contribute in a timely manner, and able to communicate openly and effectively
  • Excellent written and interpersonal communication skills
  • Prior Wikipedia or other online encyclopedia experience a plus
  • Action orientation - pursues work with energy; perseveres especially in the face of resistance or setbacks
  • Communication - provides timely information so that accurate decisions can be made; practices attentive and active listening; conveys information and ideas clearly and positively; both in oral and written communication
  • 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
  • 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
  • Quality of work - produces high-quality work with few errors within deadlines; uses resources effectively

Requirements and commitment

  • Working hours are flexible but we request: 4-8 hours/month
  • Starting date: immediate
  • SEG Wiki staff will hold webinars to train volunteers and provide support as needed.

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. We would request our volunteers aspire to these core values.

  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.

Current list of words

Please email wiki‐at‐ with additional word recommendations for the fifth edition.

How to apply

To become a volunteer for the Fifth edition editor, apply at the Volunteer Opportunities page. Once there follow these steps:

  1. Select “Wiki - Fifth edition editor"
  2. Scroll through the opportunities and select “Apply Now” to the job you wish to be considered for.
  3. Complete the required fields and submit your application.

NOTE: If you are not logged in to the system, you will be prompted to login prior to applying.

About the SEG Wiki

The SEG Wiki is publicly accessible and editable to all users registered with SEG (registration is free). The contents of the wiki are dedicated to applied geophysics and the people and technology that support it. The wiki is maintained by the SEG Wiki Committee, volunteers, and readers from all over the world.

The goal of the SEG Wiki is: to expand the world’s knowledge of applied geophysics, to provide further details of ("layer") the science itself, and to engage emerging professionals in the field. Robert E. Sheriff's Encyclopedic Dictionary of Applied Geophysics, fourth edition and Oz Yilmaz's Seismic Data Analysis seeded the SEG Wiki with its initial content. We encourage you to read, edit, and enhance the SEG Wiki. Add your layer to the science of applied geophysics today.

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