SEG rolls out first wiki devoted exclusively to geosciences

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SEG rolls out first wiki devoted exclusively to geosciences

TULSA, Oklahoma, USA, 30 March 2012 - The Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG) has made available The SEG Wiki – An Encyclopedia for Applied Geophysics. The SEG Wiki is the first wiki that is comprised exclusively of content relevant to the geosciences industry.

The SEG Wiki is freely available for viewing on the SEG Web site, and it serves SEG Members as well as the larger geoscientific community. Topics in the SEG Wiki include but are not limited to non-seismic geophysics, near-surface geophysics, data acquisition, data processing, modeling, imaging, and interpretation.

Regarding the value of the new SEG Wiki, SEG President Bob Hardage noted: "Wiki encyclopedias have become important in many facets of life, and now SEG is leveraging its power to advance applied geophysics. The new SEG Wiki represents the latest way the Society is serving the information-exchange needs of its members." Hardage continued: "The SEG Online Committee developed the vision for this outstanding resource, establishing from its ranks an Online Technical Content Board to steward the project and team with SEG's IT staff to make it happen. They have done a great job making Bob Sheriff's Encyclopedic Dictionary of Applied Geophysics come alive in a whole new way."

The SEG Wiki focuses specifically on exploration and applied geophysics. At the heart of the wiki is Sheriff's Encyclopedic Dictionary. It is on this base that wiki users will modify, mold, and create an immense volume of geophysical content. The tool is intended to grow over time as users expand the existing content and add additional topics.

"The new SEG Wiki is an opportunity for all SEG Members to contribute their specialized technical knowledge in a quickly accessible format to the entire SEG Community," said Bill Dragoset, SEG Online Technical Content Board Chairman. "By their nature, wikis are a collaborative effort, maintained by volunteer experts for the benefit of all. I think that many SEG members will come to regard the SEG Wiki with pride and act to ensure that its content is useful and of exemplary quality."

Content maintained in the SEG Wiki may be edited by SEG members. In addition, SEG members may add new terms to the collection. The wiki is hosted by the SEG, and it thrives as a result of the collaboration between SEG and subject-matter experts who moderate the wiki.

Apache Corporation has made a five-year, US $250,000 commitment to support The SEG Wiki's ongoing development. Mike Bahorich, Apache's executive vice president/chief technology officer, notes: "Apache started down the path of developing an internal E&P wiki but firmly believes that the natural owners are professional societies. Congratulations to SEG for being the first among the E&P-focused societies to have a working wiki. We are pleased to support ongoing development."

The SEG Wiki has been in development since 2009.

About SEG

The Society of Exploration Geophysicists (, the international society of applied geophysics, is a not-for-profit organization that promotes the science of geophysics and the education of applied geophysicists. SEG fosters the expert and ethical practice of geophysics in the exploration and development of natural resources, in characterizing the near surface, and in mitigating Earth hazards. The Society, which has more than 32,000 members in 138 countries, fulfills its mission through its publications, conferences, forums, Web site, and educational opportunities.