Christopher Burns is an independent consultant who provides research and development assistance to media and information companies on their strategic use of new technologies. Assignments often include such elements as:

Market research
Technology forecasts
Long range business planning
System architecture

With over twenty five years experience as a consultant, twenty in his own practice, his projects have included:


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shield Assist in the design and development of a new digital publishing platform for books, magazines, newsletters and educational materials. Harvard Business School Press
Design and development of a patented Internet system for granting copyright licenses to musical works. National Music Publishers Association
Research and design of a corporate-wide system for digital asset management, including text, image, audio, graphic elements, data and executable software. Major US publishing company
Design and development of the Digital Object Identifier as an element in the management of copyright on the Internet. Association of American Publishers
Development of ONIX, the first major metadata standard for the book publishing business. Now adopted by US, UK and European publishers. Association of American Publishers
aol Design and develop a news service. America Online
Evaluation of new digital publishing technologies and business opportunities. Hewlett Packard
ieee Research into present and future patterns of scientific and technical information acquisition in the Internet age. Worldwide corporate, academic and government libraries as well as individual scientists. Institute for Electronics and Electrical Engineers
aha Needs analysis and strategy for corporate communications, including member publications, advocacy and new media. American Hospital Association
Evaluate and forecast opportunties for digital copyright management. Reciprocal
cardstack Design of an intellectual property management system based on Internet technology. Major US consulting company
un Analysis and design for the five-language documentation and publishing system. United Nations Headquarters (NY)

Design and development of a satellite network for delivering newspaper advertising. Consortium of US and Japanese investors (Tokyo)

upi Design and implementation of world-wide satellite and computer technology for gathering and delivering the news. Executive Editor. United Press International
Business planning and technology evaluation. Reuters
Research and design of document management system for classified and unclassified information. International Atomic Energy Agency (Vienna)
oecd Economic analysis and forecast of electronic publishing in the United States. Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (Paris)
ireland Evaluation of technical and economic infrastructure required for business development in new technology industries. Industrial Development Authority, Republic of Ireland (Dublin)
  Other clients have included the New York Times, Time, Inc., McGraw-Hill, Edmunds.com. NBC and Dun & Bradstreet.
  Before starting his own consulting practice, Mr. Burns was Vice President Planning for the Washington Post Company, Associate Publisher of the Minneapolis Star and Tribune and a staff consultant at Arthur D. Little, Inc. He is a former member of the Board of Directors of the Information Industry Association and Association of Information Managers and has participated in several start-up companies in the electronic publishing industry.
cover Deadly Decisions: How False Knowledge Sank the Titanic, Blew up the Shuttle and Led America Into War, Christopher Burnsstars

One of the country's leading information experts searches the biology of the brain, the behavior of groups and the structure of organizations for practical answers to the problem of virtual truth--elaborate constructs of interally consistent evidence and assumptions that purport to describe reality, but are often dead wrong.

"If the Information Age ever had a wakeup call it is this. Deadly Decisions points out the perils as well as the promise of betting our lives on information, at a time when we have no other choice." Leland Schwartz, States News Service."This is a very important book for this particular time." Ben Bradlee, The Washington Post .amazon

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