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From Johnna Student Leadership Symposium. I would like these students (Student Chapter officers) to become comfortable with the idea of using the Wiki as a way to track a Chapter’s activities throughout the year.

“Actively maintaining your Chapter’s SEG Wiki is a great way to track activities like your outreach activities. And by adding to the Wiki a little each month, the end of the year Annual Activity Report will be easier to complete.”

Wiki improvements


  • Jim Reilly, Dean of Science and Technology Development, American Public University System
  • Michael Zehr, Federal Policy Advisory, Consumer Energy Alliance
  • Heather Saucier, Correspondent, AAPG Explorer magazine
  • Jane Whaley, Editor in Chief, GeoExPro Magazine
  • Donald Paul, Professor of Engineering, Chair of Energy Resources, USC
  • Iain Stewart, Professor of Geosciences Communication, University of Plymouth

AAPG should build a repository of links, blogs, and FAQs about geoscience — Jim Reilly

Date Name Height
01.10.1977 Smith 1.85
11.6.1972 Ray 1.89
1.9.1992 Bianchi 1.72
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SMWCon Spring 2015
May 6-8 - St. Louis, MO USA

Questions I like

  1. What is a basic description of this wiki? Include such elements as grade level, subject area, or other educational purpose.
  2. Who is the intended audience for the wiki and what would they get out of it?
  3. Who are the intended contributors for the wiki and what would they contribute?
  4. How does this wiki accomplish something that only a wiki can accomplish? What other websites or media could be used to accomplish the same thing?
  5. How could you adapt this a model for your own work?

Things to think about

  1. How can wikis be used to engage and motivate students?
  2. How can wikis be used to provide an authentic context for student learning?
  3. How can wikis be used to encourage inquiry?
  4. How can wikis be used to facilitate collaboration?
  5. How can wikis be used to prompt reflection and metacognition?

Scavenger hunt quesitons

  1. Name one 3D synthetic seismic open dataset catalogued on the SEG Wiki's open data page?
  2. How many TLE geophysical tutorials have been published?
  3. How many women are listed in the Women in geoscience category?
  4. What school did J. Clarence Karcher obtain his Ph.D.?
  5. How do you create an internal link to another article on the SEG Wiki?
  6. What was the name of the Best Paper in Geophysics in 1998?
  7. How many videos appear in the wiki help video series?
  8. How many Student Chapters are listed under South and Central America?
  9. What are the name of the two SEG books published in their entirety on the wiki?
  10. Who won the 2015 Student Champion for the wiki awards?
  11. What is the contact email to send the SEG Wiki team questions or comments?
  12. What do red links represent on the SEG Wiki (see the Knowledge tree article for examples)?

Wiki content

  • Content development plans: We have been developing a list of topics and possible contributors to help build a basics of geophysics section on the wiki, similar to the topics outlined on the Knowledge tree. We are also continuing to add biographies via John and others and updating Sheriff’s Dictionary. We have had a new user going through the Dictionary and updating the math equations. Some enterprising students have been hard at work building Student Chapter pages, field camp pages, and contributing to the wiki. And as always, we are open to entirely unique and new directions.
  • Karl: I know Houston has a “Meet the Legends” meeting every couple months. I'll try to go meet some, and maybe I can help on the wiki techniques and they can provide some history.
  • John: I have been doing an occasional email blast to the Mines students, faculty, and staff called “Geophysicist of the day” where I tell them about some geophysicist, not necessarily somebody from the deep past, with links to the Wiki as a way of raising Wiki awareness. In my Seismic Data processing lab, it was very helpful to have access to the online version of Oz Yilmaz's Seismic Data Processing book. I supply a set of the hard copy volumes of this work, but I was also able to tell students to go online to the wiki.
  • John: I do believe that it might be more of a technical writing issue. I plan to talk to the Humanities department to see what plans they have for involving wiki writing, and maybe we can get something going in that area.
    • The SEG Wiki team has similar plans with other universities and technical writing faculty advisors/professors.
  • John: I would say that many of the pages really could use a major update, in that the notations are not unified. For example, most geophysicists do not use electrical engineer conventions such as the sign conventions on the Fourier transforms and using the letter “j” for the square root of -1 . I am biased because I learned my math from mathematical physicists and mathematicians, and not from engineers. So, there will be those who learned their math from electrical engineering folk who are just fine with the existing conventions. I have been a little hesitant to just dive in there and “fix” stuff. I am still thinking about how to best approach such issues.
  • John: I would like to see added content that young people, i.e. students, will find useful, which of course, is material related to what they are studying, not just historical stuff, and not just professional interest stuff.
Speaking of the Wiki Committee, you have served in numerous capacities with SEG over the years. What have your roles within SEG taught you about the field and how has it helped shape your career?
There is an aspect of community service that is part of being a professional, no matter what your profession is. When you are a student, or an employee, it is easy to think that your involvement ends at the end of the work day, and that there is a “They” who deal with all of the stuff that SEG does. Part of maturing is that sudden feeling that “everything is fragile” or more commonly “everything is going to hell in a hand basket”. The other side of that coin is that your realize that it is through the work of professionals such as yourself that things like technical journals, and professional society type materials are held together. The “They” becomes “You”.

John's work

My immediate needs are to get more of the existing biographical materials into the Wiki. I have been making use of

  1. the old SEG Virtual Museum
  2. a collection of items that were sent to me back in 2008/2009 by people hired by Susan Henley (who ran the Geoscience Center)
  3. items I have gotten from the staff (pdf versions of the SEG Honors and Awards Program)
  4. articles in The Leading Edge
  5. "Contributors" biographies in Geophysics
  6. the Internet.

I am trying to get stuff in as quickly as possible. I am doing this largely by cut and paste on the screen, and with screen captures for photos.

What I haven't done is to proofread the things I have put up. Here are things you can look for.

  1. spelling errors, errors due to cut and past
  2. failure of attribution. Note that there is a "Contributed by XX XXX"
  3. Picture without biography
  4. biography without picture
  5. hyperlinking of names to other biopages
  6. hyperlinking of technical terms to Sheriff's dictionary wiki items

I have by no means exhausted my available resources at this time.

Future plans:

  1. finish biographies that I have
  2. Make a wiki version of the Research Consortia list
  3. find other regular SEG Online pages to convert to wiki format.
  4. create a template for museum artifact items. I have the complete collection of items from when the SEG Museum was mothballed.
  5. make a prototype virtual museum using Omeka or other open source museum software if it is possible to point to wiki pages, which I can't envision it not being.
  6. make more use of Geophysics and the Affairs of Mankind by Lee Lawyer for additional connecting material


  • "I tried my hand at editing by adding a couple sections. I love the ease of it." - Rhonda L. Jacobs, Grant Programs Manager, Geoscientists Without Borders® Program Manager
  • "I'm super-excited about SEGWiki for two big reasons. First, they've done everything right in getting it going: started small, gradually adding content, keeping everything open and accessible, and tasking energetic staff members with pushing it forward. Second, with the ongoing addition of Seismic Data Analysis, it has some seriously useful content. Our community needs this resource — and now it's up to us to increase the momentum, and build an open, collaborative resource that will benefit all geophysicists for decades to come." - Matt Hall, Agile Geoscience
  • "I have been adding biographies of SEG award recipients for several months. As with any human endeavor, exploration geophysics is really about the people. We have technological advances, scientific discoveries, and industry game changers, but we should never forget that these developments are made by our colleagues, friends, and teachers. The SEG attempts to recognize the important contributors to our discipline through awards, but these awards means very little if nobody knows about the recipients. I have pulled from the dusty journals biographies and images of those who founded and nourished our discipline from its infancy to the present era. The threads of these lives lead to those who are revolutionizing exploration geophysics today. Last semester, at Colorado School of Mines, I instituted a 'Geophysicist of the Day' program, where I would occasionally broadcast a short email about one or more geophysicists, referring students and faculty to relevant SEG Wiki pages for more information. The program is so popular that I will continue it next semester." - John Stockwell, Jr., Center for Wave Phenomena (The Home of Seismic Un*x), Colorado School of Mines
  • "A geophysicist, who practices seismic data processing, inversion, and interpretation, would want to have a quick reference under his/her fingertips for the theory and practice of all processing methods and algorithms, for determining an optimum processing sequence with optimum parameters for each step --- whether it is for AVO inversion or for earth imaging in time and depth. Now, via SEGWiki, you can access Seismic Data Analysis to obtain the information you need.” - Oz Yilmaz, author of Seismic Data Analysis, Chief Technology Officer, GeoTomo, LLC.
  • "I started to use the SEG Wiki in January 2012 to keep a brief description of open geophysical data I am curating. The Wiki provides brief descriptions of the data and the data are distributed from various websites or even physical disks. Wikis are an easy way to create web pages and they encourage collaboration. The open data pages provide links to field and synthetic data primarily for scientific research, testing and demonstrating software, training end-users, and exploration/production analogs. Others have updated the open data Wiki pages to correct errors, improve descriptions, and make more data available. The SEG Wiki has helped me collaborate with others and make open data available to the geophysical community." - Karl Schleicher, Senior Research Fellow, Bureau of Economic Geology, University of Texas at Austin


From Matt:

  • Documenting open datasets (basically continuing Karl's work)
  • The basics of seismic interpretation
  • The basic equations of geophysics
  • Summaries of classic papers (eg most cited papers in Geophysics and TLE)
  • Microseismic (hot topic generally)
  • Borehole geophysics (same)

Some of these (most?) would require some sort of priority article list, along lines of WikiProject.

Training opportunities

Name Bio link
Adrienne White Milford R. Lee
Alicia Ruby Paul Fowler
Ashley Ash Sofia Davydycheva
Barbara Cartwright Mary L. Fleming
Becky Keith Klaas Koster
Bernadette Ward Samuel Gray
Cori Stallings Alan G. Green
Diane Pressel L. C. (Lee) Lawyer
Dylan Fehrle William N. Barkhouse
Elsa Velasco Cezar Iacob
Erin Nelson Beno Gutenberg
Heather Walke T. J. Moser
Jan Madole Michael C. Forrest
Jennifer Cobb Laurence Nicoletis
John Meade Tamas Nemeth
Johnna Yoder Miller Quarles Jr.
Julie Rhoden O. F. Ritzmann
Kellee Francis Arnold Romberg
Kristina Biggs Joshua (Shuki) Ronen
Laurie Whitesell Sabba S. Stefanescu
Linda Ford Gerard Thomas Schuster
Rhonda Jacobs Benjamin F. Rummerfield
Rhonda McFee Susan Mastoris Peebler
Rowena Mills Ilya Tsvankin
Sara Smith Gary G. Servos
Susan Stamm J. Edward Snyder

Content requested by geophysicists

  • Documenting open datasets - Open data
  • The basics of seismic interpretation
  • The basic equations of geophysics
  • Summaries of classic papers (e.g., most cited papers in Geophysics and TLE)
  • Microseismic (hot topic generally)
  • Borehole geophysics (same)

New wiki page ideas

  1. Writing for SEG - Jennifer Cobb - add a description of this page here
  2. Your idea here - Your name - short description of the page here

Other Biographies needing attention

GSH notes

  1. Every year in May we have an Honors & Awards Banquet & there is usually an excellent bio on folks we award life, honorary or other upgraded membership to that are in our Houston community. (Tommie is our current Editor).
  2. At least for the next month or so, (until we change our website), our past GSH Journals back to July 2010 are online as PDF's you can read, (not sure if you can download them):
  3. Prior to that we had a Newsletter, (ditto for online availability as above), with electronic archives back to January 1996:
  4. The gents at the Geoscience Center & Museum are also great repositories of historical information in the organization & I'm sure you may already be in touch with them, (Bill Gafford & Gene Womack).
  5. I've also included a few of our past-Presidents as they may have some ideas who could assist you too (see email).

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