PetroWiki:Frequently asked questions
| PetroWiki is in a pilot phase. Content is limited to drilling and completions only. During the pilot phase, adding new pages has been limited to a selected group to ensure that the scope remains consistent and that added content does not conflict with the remainder of PEH. The remaining content of PEH will be added in the 3rd quarter of 2013.
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This page lists some of the most common questions about content and use of PetroWiki. If this FAQ doesn't answer your question, please use the search.
Where does the information in PetroWiki come from?
The content pages that begin with PEH: are directly from the Society of Petroleum Engineers’ (SPE) Petroleum Engineering Handbook (PEH) as published in 2006-2007. Initial content from other pages was derived from the PEH, but adapted for the wiki format. That initial content has been modified and expanded by SPE members and others from within the oil and gas industry. At least two SPE members with expertise in that technical area review each contribution before it is “approved.” As a result, the text you see on most pages is the result of contributions from multiple authors.
What type of information will I find in PetroWiki?
PetroWiki focuses on technical information for professionals working in the oil and gas exploration and production industry. Like the PEH, it is primarily information explaining various processes or approaches and when they may be appropriate or an explanation of how to do something. Page content should be non-commercial; while companies and specific products may be mentioned, the use of these companies or products should not be promoted. Report pages you believe are overly commercial or inappropriate
How can I edit PetroWiki?
SPE professional members who login (using their SPE login) will be able to edit content in PetroWiki. Student members of SPE do not automatically have edit permission. Graduate students can request permission to edit. Industry professionals who are not members of SPE can also request permission to edit. Individuals not part of the oil and gas exploration and production industry will not be granted edit permission. Having an SPE login does not automatically convey edit permissions.
How do I create a new page?
During the pilot phase of PetroWiki, new page creation is limited. This is to ensure that the content coverage remains consistent with the pilot. After the pilot, SPE professional members and designated others will have permission to create pages. During the pilot, we've created a form to request a new page.
To create a new page, first think of the title for your new page, then search on that title. [Use titles that are descriptive of the content.] Please review the results to see if the content you want to contribute belongs on one of the existing related pages. If not, click the link that asks if you would like to create the page. This will create a page with the title you searched. It will have several default headers and text blocks for you to remove or modify as appropriate for your content.
Why is PetroWiki content moderated? Who are the moderators?
SPE has a reputation for providing sound technical content and wants to extend that reputation to PetroWiki. To ensure that the content is technically sound, review by at least two SPE members with expertise in the subject matter is valuable. While we are confident that the SPE membership would eventually find and correct inaccuracies, we don’t want others to reference that information in the interim. We prefer to have contributions moderated as a way of providing better information to the users of PetroWiki. Those currently serving as moderators for PetroWiki are recognized here [link]. For more information about the use of information in this wiki, see PetroWiki:Disclaimer.
My contributions were deleted. What happens now?
It is always likely that some changes to contributed material will be made by the moderators. If suggested edits or additions are deleted in their entirety, SPE staff will notify you, providing the rationale of the moderators. Please remember that at least two moderators are involved in the decision to accept or decline any edits.
Does PetroWiki describe best practices?
The term “best practice” means different things to different people and therefore is best avoided. Contributors to PetroWiki are often describing a practice that has worked well for them or that is in common use or has been proven under certain conditions. But with the highly variable nature of geologic formations, hydrocarbons themselves, and the operating conditions of a well or field, there is rarely a one-size-fits-all “best” practice. Information in PetroWiki should not be construed as defining universal solutions. Sound engineering judgment should always be applied in determining what practices are appropriate for recovering oil or gas in a particular situation.