Richard E. Barry


Rick Barry is an internationally known management consultant and cofounder of the Open Reader Consortium who lives with his wife, Linda Cox, in the Washington D.C. suburb of Arlington, Virginia. He is Principal of Barry Associates where he brings to bear interdisciplinary skills in information management, information technology and archives and records management.  


His bio (“About Rick”), along with recent and other papers and those of guest authors and other related resources are available on his website:, which is used extensively by private and public sector organizations, consultants and university graduate programs internationally. His work has been the subject of other authors in The Year in Computing 2000, PC World, Beyond Computing, CIO Magazine, David Rothman’s Silicon Jungle, etc. (See the News & Media Section of the website.) In addition to his consulting practice, Rick is a co-founder of OpenReader,  a cooperative project to create an open, next-generation software that is built upon XML and related open standards, for reading multi-media, digital publications and including for very long-term (centuries) preservation of, and continued easy access to, multimedia digital documents of continuing cultural value (libraries, archives, museums).


Barry Associates:


His consulting and workshop clients span North America, Europe, Africa, Australasia, Latin America/Caribbean, including: Accenture (Andersen Consulting); ARMA; the City of Bellevue, Washington; FileNet Corporation; International Finance Corporation; Smithsonian Institution; UN, Department of Justice; Indiana University (Electronic Records Project); International Federation of Red Cross & Red Crescent Societies; Inter-American Development Bank; International Records Management Trust; National Academies, Computer Science and Telecommunications Board's Committee on Digital Archiving and NARA; National Historical Publications and Records Commission (as advisor to several grant projects), New York State Archives and Records Administration (Partnerships Project); Queensland Rail; Records Management Association of Australia; South Carolina Department of Archives and History (Outreach Project); Tower Software; University of Pittsburgh (Functional Requirements for Evidence in Recordkeeping Project); Virginia Electronic Commerce Technology Center (VECTEC); World Bank; and the national archivists of several countries, including Australia, UK and US. Recent publications: "Web Sites as Recordkeeping and 'Recordmaking' Systems," "Technology and the Transformation of the Workplace: Lessons Learned Traveling Down the Garden Path" (and SAA-Review); “Report on the Society and Archives Survey-1/03”. He currently serves on the Editorial Board of the Records Management Journal


Since 1960, Rick has held senior IM&T posts in the Federal Government, private sector and at the:


World Bank: 

q   Senior systems advisor

q    Chief officer, integration of human/facility/technology factors: construction of city-block headquarters

q   Chief, office systems: standards/customer services

q   Chief, information services: directed information/archives/records management functions integration; initiated electronic records program (1987)

q    Projects: action research; change management; business systems analysis/modeling; computer modeling (long-range strategic real estate planning); integration of information/facility management strategies; workplace-of-the-future

q   Led interdisciplinary UN project: Managing Electronic Records: Issues and Guidelines (1990)



q       Directed and co-wrote the Electronic Records in the New Millennium video production (1995) for University College London/British Library

q       Served on Virginia Legislature commission drafting privacy legislation

q       Served on a National Research Council committee on Federal computer procurement

q       Civilian manager for information science/technology in Office of the Secretary of the Navy

q       Executive secretary of subcommittee under President’s Science Advisor’s Committee on Scientific and Technological Information (COSATI) coordinating Federal IT R&D

q       Education Director and consultant, Computer Command and Control Company


As a US Naval aviator: 

q       Awarded Air Medal, combat service (Vietnam)

q       Specialist in command/control/communications/intelligence systems, beginning in 1960 with leadership of the first automation of Joint Chiefs of Staff Operational Reporting (JOPREP) system

q       Participant in the design of the Joint Chiefs of Staff National Military Command Center

q       Led computer installation for the Commander in Chief, Pacific (CINCPAC)

q       Participated in CINCPAC Airborne Command and Control Center project.


Education and Professional Affiliations:


Graduate of American International College (1954—English/Psychology), US Naval Postgraduate School (MS-Management (1963). Over the years, Rick has been a member of various professional and trade organization, including: Society of American Archivist, Association for Information and Image Management; Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility (past board member); and formerly, American Association for the Advancement of Science; Society for Information Management; International Facility Management Association.