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Rachel Heery

It is with great sadness that we report that Rachel Heery, former Deputy Director of UKOLN, died on Friday 24 July 2009, after a long-term illness. Rachel joined UKOLN in 1995, and led the R&D Team and later became Deputy Director until her retirement in 2007.

A tribute to Rachel Heery from her UKOLN colleagues.

Job Title

Assistant Director, Research and Development

Research and Development Team Leader

Rachel retired October 2007

Contact Details

University of Bath,
tel: +44 (0) 1225 386724
fax: +44 (0) 1225 386838

Job details

As Assistant Director for Research and Develoment at UKOLN I am responsible for the strategic direction of our research, and for seeking funding to support that research. I lead the Research and Development team and co-ordinate UKOLN's contribution to a number of externally funded projects.

The R&D team have pursued a number of coherent themes within their project work over the last few years: the development and use of emerging metadata standards, Web based resource discovery, digital preservation and the management of metadata schemas.

Projects in which the R&D team are currently involved include: the Open Archives Forum, the Subject Portals Project, ARCO, IMesh Toolkit, JISC Information Environment Service Registry, ePrintsUK, FAIR PORTAL, HILT, JISC/Wellcome Web Archiving study, Digital Preservation Coalition.

I have a particular interest in the structured expression of metadata element sets in schema languages. I am enthusiastic about the potential of the Semantic Web, and believe the sharing of schemas and ontologies will be a first step towards achieving the required infrastructure. Within recent research I have been involved with colleagues in demonstrating the role of metadata schema registries, and taking forward a data model for the combination of metadata schemas in application profiles. This work also looks towards the collaborative creation of metadata (metadata sharing). At present I am working on the MEG Registry project and CORES project.

I am co-chair of the DC-Registry Working Group, with Harry Wagner from OCLC, and I am a member of the DC Advisory Board.

Current membership of committees:

  • ICADL 2006 Programme Committee
  • PV2005 Programme Committee
  • DCMI 2005 Programme Committee
  • JISC Repositories and Preservation Advisory Group
  • JORUM Steering Group
  • DCMI Advisory Board

Past membership of committees:

  • ECDL 2004 Programme Chair
  • FAIR Advisory Board
  • ECDL 2003 Panel Chair
  • DCMI 2004 Programe Committee

Here are lists of my presentations and publications.