Mandarin translation volunteer

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Position Wiki Mandarin translator
When It's flexible! We'll work with your schedule.
Where Wherever you are
Reports to Mandarin project team leader; SEG publications outreach editor
Skills fluent in English and Mandarin, geophysics educational background, copy writing, copy editing, organization, willingness to learn to edit the wiki
Time commitment 4-8 hours a month
More info [email protected]

The SEG Wiki Mandarin translation project and the SEG Wiki staff seek volunteers to translate Robert Sheriff's Encyclopedic Dictionary, 4th edition into Mandarin. Using his or her knowledge of geophysics and Mandarin, volunteers will work together to translate the Encyclopedic Dictionary in its entirety. This translation project will join the ongoing Spanish translation of Sheriff's Dictionary. Volunteers will work with a project team leader and other volunteers. As of 7 October 2018, 3507 entries have been translated by 37 volunteers. More than 50% of the book is complete.

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.

To learn more about the volunteers in the SEG Wiki project, read "Honoring volunteers and sharing knowledge on the SEG Wiki" in January 2019 The Leading Edge.

Volunteer responsibilities

  • With guidance and support from the team leader and the SEG publications outreach editor, volunteers will contribute to the wiki by translating Sheriff's Dictionary into Mandarin
  • Ensure translation is clear, concise, and accurate
  • Follows deadlines set by the project team leader
  • Communicates clearly and consistently with project team leader and other team members
  • See translation workflow for a written overview of the translation process in the SEG Wiki
  • Watch this video for an overview of the translation process (updated 13 January 2017)

NOTE: Access to the SEG Wiki and this project requires the internet and registration with SEG (registration is free)


  • Fluent in Mandarin and English
  • Self-motivated, possess good organizational skills, detail-oriented, ability to prioritize, and meet deadlines
  • Some knowledge of applied geophysics desirable
  • Prior Wikipedia or other online encyclopedia experience a plus
  • Action oriented - pursues work with energy; perseveres especially in the face of resistance or setbacks
  • 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
  • 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


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 working collaboratively in a team.
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.

Requirements and commitment

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

TIP: Jianxiong Chen - Mandarin Team Leader - created a workflow summary (PDF) for volunteers.

How to apply

To become a volunteer for the SEG Wiki Mandarin translation project, apply at the Volunteer Opportunities page. Once there follow these steps:

  1. Select “SEG Wiki: Mandarin translation volunteer"
  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.

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.

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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