Minds Behind Maps

Maps Are Everywhere. These are conversations with those building them.



episode 6: Ep 6 - Nadine Alameh - Standards, Dance & Geo Data Accessibility

Welcome to another episode of Minds behind Maps!

In this episode I sit down with Dr Nadine Alameh, current CEO of the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC). We talk about geospatial, standards, but also Nadine's earlier days in wartime Lebanon, dance, making life changing decisions, and just many different topics that I hope portray how people are complex, in many different ways. 


About Nadine:

  • Twitter: https://twitter.com/nadinesa
  • LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/nadinealameh/
  • Open Geospatial Consortium: https://www.ogc.org/


Time stamps:

- 04:00 : Episode starts, Nadine presents herself

- 9:30 : Nadine’s childhood days in wartime in Lebanon and how it shaped her decision making

- 15:00 : Nadine talks about sharing her journey with her children

- 19:05 : Nadine’s journey at and after MIT

- 24:30 : Dance & activities outside of ones career

- 28:40 : How owning a dance franchise helps push the OGC forward

- 33:30 : Nadine’s previous startup experiences & why Consulting doesn’t scale

- 40:00 : Geospatial is mainstream but it’s not done

- 42:00 : The role of the Open Geospatial Consortium

- 48:15 : Prioritization of different issues that need solving

- 51:45 : Adoption of standards & working with a community

- 54:00 : The OGC as an organization

- 1:04:30 : Working with companies outside of the “normal” geospatial: Epic Games

- 1:12:00 : Lessons from the aviation industry

- 1:23:05 : Trust issues with satellite derived information

- 1:28:45 : Accessing data is still complex

- 1:30:20 : Speaking & learning multiple languages

- 1:40:10 : Book recommendations!


Show notes:

  • Previous interview of Nadine I refer to a few times: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=29bKEJ9jZsQ
  • Talk about the overlap of geo with the entertainment industry (Starts at 9min): https://vimeo.com/340070941
  • OGC Innovation Program Developer Survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/OGCDevSurvey
  • Cesium on building the open metaverse: https://cesium.com/blog/2021/08/13/a-birds-of-a-feather-session-building-the-open-metaverse/
  • Book & media recommendations:
    • Daniel O’Donohue’s podcast, Mapscaping: https://mapscaping.com/
    • Aravind Ravichandran’s podcast, TerraWatch Space: https://anchor.fm/terrawatch-space
    • Gap selling by Keenan
    • Culture Renovation by Kevin Oakes
    • Hello World: Being Human in the Age of Algorithms by Hannah Fry
    • Brick by Brick by David Robertson


Please feel free to reach out, I truly do want to hear what you think of this :)

  • My Twitter: https://twitter.com/MaxLenormand
  • Reach out by email: minds.behind.maps@gmail.com
  • New Twitter account for the podcast: https://twitter.com/MindsBehindMaps

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 2021-09-14  1h43m