Rachel Heaven

Miss Rachel Heaven

Senior Developer Informatics

Location: BGS Keyworth

Tel: 0115 936 3382

E-mail Rachel Heaven


I currently lead tasks in the Geosemantics area of Informatics: the use of Linked Open Data, spatial standards, ontologies and semantic technologies for interoperability, text mining/analytics and knowledge discovery.
I design and develop spatial database solutions, web and smartphone applications for capture, discovery and visualisation of geoscience data.
I contribute to international working groups to define the vocabularies and schematic standards through which science data is made FAIR (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, Reusable)


  • Geoscience vocabularies and ontologies
  • Linked Data, Linked Open Vocabularies, Semantic Web technologies
  • Geographic metadata standards (ISO 19115, 19139, UK GEMINI, INSPIRE)
  • Database design and development
  • Spatial data
  • Web and mobile application development

Current projects and collaboration

  • 2019 – ongoing : Loop consortium: brings together geological surveys and research institutions in Australia, Canada, France, Germany and the UK to found a new Open Source initiative to build the next generation of 3D geological modelling tools
  • 2018 – ongoing : EPOS (European Plate Observing System) Vocabularies Task Force: harmonising thematic vocabularies for integrated resources
  • 2017 – ongoing : Text mining to aggregate geographic, stratigraphic and palaeoenvironmental data from narrative text and resolve against Linked Open Vocabularies. Collaborations with GeoDeepDive, Macrostrat and Geobiodiversity Database (GBDB)
  • 2011 – ongoing : Linked Data publication of BGS vocabularies and alignment with international vocabularies
  • 2014 –2019 : Supervision of PhD research using BGS vocabularies for semantic annotation, information retrieval and ontology alignment, in partnership with Robert Gordon University
  • 2000 – ongoing : Metadata systems - capture, validation and publication of metadata describing datasets and services


  • 2000 : Software Developer, British Geological Survey
  • 1995 –2000 : Geophysicist, British Geological Survey
  • 1991 –1994 : University of Leeds BSc. Geophysical Sciences

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