SEG Wiki class partnership

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Position SEG Wiki class partnership
When During any class session or internship
Where At your university
Reports to SEG Publications Outreach Manager
Skills geophysics educational background, copy writing, copy editing, willingness to learn to edit the wiki
Time commitment varies
More info Apply online

In 2018, the SEG Wiki reached a milestone: 100,000th edit. This edit was made by a student in the SEG Wiki university class partnership, led by Dr. Heather Bedle. You can read more about her work and other volunteers in the January 2019 issue of The Leading Edge - "Honoring volunteers and sharing knowledge on the SEG Wiki".

SEG Wiki volunteer positions offer 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. SEG seeks a university or graduate level class to launch additional content to the SEG Wiki. Wiki staff will hold webinars to train volunteers and provide support on a regular basis. 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.

Model for university class partnership

As a model for this class partnership, SEG has collaborated with Dr. Laura Guertin and her Penn State Brandywine (PSU-Brandywine) Environmental Earth class, resulting in over 75 new geoscience articles from 2015-2016. Dr. Guertin presented on the SEG Wiki/Penn State Brandywine collaboration during the 2016 Northeastern Section of the Geological Society of America Annual Meeting. For more information on the model partnership and what can be expected from this volunteer opportunity, please read Dr. Guertin's March 2016 TLE article Generating SEG Wiki articles to improve student geoscience content and literacy. Dr. Guertin also created a guideline for professors considering using the SEG Wiki in the classroom.

Volunteer responsibilities

  • With guidance and support from the SEG Publications Outreach Manager, class instructors and professors will develop a class plan (syllabus) for launching geophysical or geoscience content in the SEG Wiki with their students or interns
  • Ensure content is clear, concise, and accurate
  • Follows deadlines set by the SEG
  • Communicates clearly and consistently with SEG staff


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.


  • Prior Wikipedia or other online encyclopedia experience a plus
  • University or graduate level class/professor focused on geoscience, geophysics, applied geophysics, or a related field
  • 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

Skills and knowledge

  • Intermediate written communication skills and well-developed oral and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to inspire, organize, and coordinate volunteer activities.

Requirements and commitment

  • Working hours are flexible and will change based on the timeline of the project. Initial time required may be around 2 hours/week and decreasing as the project moves forward.
  • Starting date: start of class or school year
  • SEG Wiki staff will hold webinars to train volunteers and provide support as needed.

How to apply

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

  1. Find the name “SEG Wiki: University class partnership" and click "View Opportunities"
  2. On the new window, select “Apply Now”

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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