Wikithon 2014

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Wikithon 2014
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Goal To connect those passionate about the science of applied geophysics and provide the necessary tools to make a difference
Who All SEG members and participants at the Annual Meeting, regardless of wiki experience
Location Room Deck 708, Colorado Convention Center
Time 12 – 2pm AND 5 – 6pm October 26-29

The 2nd Annual SEG Wikithon was held 12-2pm and 5-6pm October 26-29 in Denver, CO during the SEG International Exposition and 84th Annual Meeting. This wiki page will archive the information from the event.

The SEG Wikithon is an open-house event during which SEG members and staff will connect to refine and launch content around a focused geophysics-related theme(s). That theme(s) will be determined by the SEG Online Technical Content Board and you, using this page. Propose tutorials you would like to see covered during the event to the schedule below. See you next year in New Orleans!

Exercises during Wikithon 2014

Creating your own profile

  1. Add user page to the SEG Wiki
    1. To access your user page, first make sure to login to SEG's single sign-on system (SSO) using your login credentials
    2. Then, visit your user page
    3. Add your own personal information under each category
    4. For a strong example of a user page, check out the user page of Elizabeth Warren, journals production editor for GEOPHYSICS and Interpretation.
  2. Tip: Copy source code from Andrew’s sandbox, and paste to your own user page

Information can include:

  • Companies and professional affiliations
  • Expertise, topics of interest
  • One question about the wiki
  • One new page idea for the wiki
  • A photo (if you'd like)

Pages needing attention


Many of the biographies of SEG pioneers are in need of polishing. This includes help with -

  • Spacing
  • Adding information to the infobox (box that appears in the top right of the page)
  • Combine biography sections that repeat content, remove repeating content
  • Add direct links to SEG library of articles and publications mentioned in bio
  • Clean up paragraphs as necessary, this includes making lists, removing references from section titles, etc.

Below are examples of pages that we believe are strong entries to follow as examples.


A stub is an article containing only a few sentences of text which is too short to provide encyclopedic coverage of a subject. Help us grow the wiki by expanding short articles here.

Geoscientists without Borders

GWB is seeking help developing wiki pages for their program projects around the world.

Helpful links

How can the wiki better support your work?

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

Notes from 2014 Wikithon
  • Sections to consider for the wiki
    • Geomechanical database
    • Outcrops near me
    • Norway petroleum data set linked on the wiki
    • Catalog of technologies, methods, and services
    • Database of rock properties
    • Canonical database of all seismic and wells in the world
    • Marry subjects with SEG course instructors
    • Paradigms vs. topics
  • Other notes
    • TLE and Geophysics editors to be stewards of the wiki?
    • Forums, special events, with wiki inputs and outcomes
    • Robinson & Trietal
    • What is on your business card?

For more wiki help


The schedule for the 2014 Wikithon is intentionally flexible. It will be held 12-2pm and 5-6pm October 26-29 in Room 708 of the convention center. The SEG Online Technical Content Board and staff encourage you to make suggestions and use the discussion tab within this page to define what YOU would like to learn during the 2014 Wikithon.

Student wikithon

We are pleased to announce that the 2014 Wikithon will expand to the Student Pavilion. SEG Wiki staff will host student wikithons on Monday, October 27 from 3-4pm and on Tuesday, October 28 from 12-2pm.


What is a wikithon?
A wikithon is a physical gathering of like-minded people joining to advance individual articles and, in so doing, the shared community asset that is the SEG Wiki. It is purposefully designed to be a participant-driven meeting. Specifically, the goal of the 2014 wikithon is to connect those passionate about the science of applied geophysics, provide the necessary tools to make lasting contributions, and advance the mission of SEG. In addition, we will help you get better acquainted with the wiki, provide examples of the wiki helping you, and gather your own ideas for the future of the wiki.
Who can attend the wikithon?
All SEG members and participants at the Annual Meeting, regardless of wiki experience, are welcome to attend. This includes students, members, and all participants attending the Annual Meeting. As Isaac mentioned at the top of the chat, starting on Thursday, all registered users will be able to edit the wiki. And do not worry, if you are not registered, we can walk you through that as well!
In addition this year, we will host a student-focused wikthon at the Student Pavilion on Monday, October 27 from 3-4pm and on Tuesday, October 28 from 12-2pm. Students are welcome to attend both wikithons.
What can I expect when I get to the wikithon?
We will have two different areas set up for participants. One area will be for those new to the wiki, those who would like a refresher, or need more personalized attention to get started. The other area will be for those more comfortable making edits. These folks will focus on adding content, improving the wiki, or whatever the group decides is worthy of pursuing, that’s the idea of a participant-led agenda. Experienced wiki contributors, like Matt Hall, will be dropping in on the event. SEG Wiki staff will always be around, assisting the whole room. Please bring a laptop and we will provide the refreshments!
What do you hope to achieve at the wikithon?
Going back to the goal, we want to provide a place to connect those passionate about the science of applied geophysics. We want attendees to leave having the tools to make lasting contributions in the wiki and be better focused on advancing the mission of SEG.
Specifically, we hope to improve the wiki through some general gardening, fixing typos and improving grammar, and by improving the linking, via cross-linking SEG wiki entries, adding categories and connecting to relevant external links, etc. Our amazing volunteer, John W. Stockwell, Jr., has added hundreds of pages, but some of those pages need a little polishing so that they are consist with one another, as they have come from different sources. In addition, refining references to increase credibility, improving figures and diagrams, and adding images is needed.
Additionally, our Online Committee has come up with a list of six content areas to explore: documenting open datasets, the basics of seismic interpretation, the basic equations of geophysics, summaries of classic papers (e.g. most cited papers in Geophysics and TLE), microseismic, and borehole geophysics.

Suggested tutorials

Please add tutorials you are interested in below:

  • What's a wiki? Why do we care?
  • What's the purpose of the SEG Wiki?
  • Open data - how do I access and use it in the wiki?
  • Creating a user account and your user page
  • How do you edit wikis? A 15-minute tutorial
  • A bit about copyright and licensing
  • Finding things to do in the Wiki and actually doing it!
  • Defining annual wiki themes for SEG
  • How to improve geoscience articles related to exploration geophysics and link to other geoscience wikis (AAPG, SPE, etc.)

Common editing tasks

General gardening:

  • Typos, grammar, adding links, adding categories, adding relevant external links, etc.
  • Refining or adding references to increase credibility
  • Adding photographs, which requires them to be openly licensed or public domain
  • Improve figures and diagrams
  • Improving stubs
  • Substantial editing, or adding substantial new material

Advanced editing:

  • Adding new articles
  • Merging or splitting articles is hard work
  • Creating and using templates

Social media

Engage with us @SEGWiki on Twitter, or like SEG Wiki on Facebook.

Informal attendee list

This is a preliminary list. If you are planning to attend, please add your name below.

  1. Isaac Farley
  2. Andrew Geary
  3. Karl Schleicher
  4. Matt Hall
  5. David Forel


Annual Meeting registration opened July 8, 2014. Annual Meeting attendees are welcome to participate in the Wikithon. There is no registration process for the Wikithon itself. Please learn more about Annual Meeting registration at the Annual Meeting homepage.