I’m Paul Rissen.
I’m currently the Product Manager for the RES Project.
My aim is to improve society through increased understanding and acceptance of different viewpoints, through better journalism as well as within fan communities around fiction, music and sport – particularly through the use of Web and other technologies.
In other words:
I believe that the value of structured data lies not just in using it as something to search over, but that it gives us hooks upon which we can congregate our differing views of the world, as well as powering more useful, semantic user experiences.
I believe in the vision of the Web as a hyperlinked store of human knowledge, and as a medium itself – but I am pragmatic about making it happen. I believe it’s possible to build small, successful things which also contribute to a longer-term goal.
I specialise in product management, structured data, am an advocate for open (and linked) data, agile development, user experience, information architecture and progressive enhancement/adaptive design.
I also teach, speak about the Web as a creative medium ( best explained in my closing plenary at World IA Day 2016, available on Youtube), dabble in Python, Flask and RDF/TTL, and write in my spare time – both fiction and non-fiction.
And for the record, I’m a fan of Chelsea FC, and Doctor Who.
If you want to get in contact, you can email r4isstatic at outlook dot com, or get in touch with me through Twitter.
Here’s some things I’ve written recently. There’s also my newsletter, Write Like Nobody’s Reading, which goes out on a very infrequent basis, and my Tumblr, where I mainly collect quotes and links of interest to me, but occasionally write things there, too.
- 18th April: Essential Information Architecture for the Web, a short collection of links which I think anyone in the world of User Experience, Information Architecture, or anything online, should read. They should probably try to Understand the Web too.
- 23rd March: The User’s Journey, originally written for inclusion in a book about narrative and user experience design.
- 18th February: Beyond the Hero’s Journey, a proposal for a potential conference talk – a deep dive into narrative structure and information architecture.
- 9th January: A Three-Part Model for Understanding Stories, an exploration of what lies beneath the surface of a narrative.
- 6th January: The ‘S’ Word, a rant about the over-use of the word ‘storytelling’, an attempt at a definition, and a plea to concentrate on what makes it really interesting.
- 7th July: A manifesto for Structured Journalism, co-written with Jacqui Maher, around the importance, and potential, of structured data as part of the journalistic process
- 6th July: Complex TV – An introduction, the first in a series of notes about Jason Mittell’s book of the same name
- 17th February: From Void, to Matter, to Meaning, a response to a piece by Cennydd Bowles on the meaning of Information Architecture
- 14th September: The Beauty of Difference of Opinion, a plea for a better standard of discussion and debate over cultural objects
- 22nd July: A Future of Politics and News Online, playing around with BBC News, Parliament and GOV.UK APIs, learning Python (and Flask) whilst doing so.
- 9th July: Falling Out of the World – RIFT’s Macbeth, a review of an immersive theatre experience
- 30th May: Future (and Past) Imperfect, I saw ‘X-Men – Days of Future Past’, and had some opinions about it
- 7th May: Some quick thoughts on URLs, on paying attention to the URLs you craft, the benefits and disadvantages of hiding them from users.
- 13th March: On Design as a Service, should UX teams be centralised in a large organisation?
- 9th January: My Mission for 2014: Writing is Structure, I get all excited about writing, then promptly don’t for a couple of months.