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WikiSurge Guidelines

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About wikiSurge

WikiSurge is an experimental user-editable catalogue and description of significant storm surges. Although there are many other sources of information, including wikipedia itself, we focus on storm surges and the science behind them, trying to capture the most relevant information.

Since this is being developed by the eSurge project there is an emphasis on satellite data, for example we mainly look at events after 1990 as before then there was little satellite data of sufficient quality. However this should not limit users - anything can be added to a page if you think it will be useful to others.

WikiSurge will be in two parts - a set of pages describing individual surge events, and additional pages for topics applying to storm surges in general. At the moment this is just getting started - we have only a few events, and limited text for each one. However we are slowly increasing this, and would welcome any input.

To edit wikiSurge, please register or log on. Please note the guidelines for registering; to avoid being filtered as spam users we ask users to use their own names where possible.

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Content of a surge event page

Although there is nothing to stop a user tailoring each page appropriately for the event, where possible the body of each surge event page should be laid out as follows: 

Overview: this should be 1-2 paragraphs, without a title or images, which summarises the rest of the page.

Meteorological history.

This section should describe the build up and development of the storm which caused the surge.

Storm surge and aftermath

This section should describe the storm surge and its aftermath.

Satellite and in-situ data

This section should give links to relevant satellite and in-situ data. The eSurge database will provide data for many events, however there may be relevant specialised data (e.g. local tide gauge records) that are also worth linking to.

This section can also be used for discussion of the relevance and quality of the data.

Links and resources

This section should give links to other relevant websites or documents, in the form of a bulleted list: 

Useful documents which cannot be found on the web can also be attached to the page and linked to from this section.

Each surge event page also has associated with it a year, one or more areas affected, and a flag to say whether or not this event appears in the eSurge database. These should be fairly self explanatory to fill.

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Content of other pages

As well as the surge event pages, several other user editable pages are available. These contain background material on particular aspects of storm surges, as well as links to further resources. Generally we ask users to follow the pre-existing structure, although we are open to suggections for improvements.

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How to edit pages

To edit a page, you must first be logged into the site; you can request an ID through the link at the top of each page. Once logged in, you will see an "edit" box appear on any page that you are authorised to edit. Usually this will be the wikiSurge content only.

WikiSurge is based on Drupal. When editing a page, you will see the drupal text editing menu above the body:

Most of these commands are self explanatory, however a few useful ones to note are:

 expands the text editor to fit the whole page. When finished, press it again to go back to the usual view.

 inserts a hyperlink into the text

 shows a pop up box for inserting an image. You can either link to an external image, or first attach a file to the page to be viewed (see below).

 inserts a table

 allows pasting from a word document

When finished, scroll down to the bottom of the page and press the "save" button. If you have expanded the text editor, you will need to return to the usual view to see this button.

Near the bottom of the page, below the body but above the save button, there is a command "file attachments". This allows uploading of documents or images whuch are saved locally on the site. Once uploaded, the path to the file will be given. This can be used for showing images or for uploading documents that you wish to share. 

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