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Archive for November 30th, 2007

Mini Primer on E-Discovery

Posted by rjbiii on November 30, 2007

Metro. Corp. Counsel has posted an article giving a nice, concise overview of the electronic discovery process, including steps to take before a dispute begins:

Establish an ESI task force comprised of members from the legal department, IT, records, outside counsel and an ESI vendor. This team should begin by comparing paper retention periods to that of electronic data. In addition, they should also familiarize themselves with the network environment and the appropriate locations to preserve and collect data when needed. The team should then focus on streamlining and minimizing the preservation and collection process, and removing personal and administrative garbage from business records.

The article breaks e-discovery down into these categories:

  • Proactive Pre-disputes Steps to take
  • Preserving Data
  • Comparison of Preservation v. Collection
  • Processing of Digital Evidence
  • Review
  • Production

It’s a solid article, given the space constraints. I might have added a bit on identifying data sources and key players, which one must do before preservation, but that’s nit picking.

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Google Search gets Personal

Posted by rjbiii on November 30, 2007

Google is adding functionality to its searches that will allow users some input into the ranking and and sorting of results:

Google has rolled out a new option in its Labs-based experimental search program which allows you to rank and re-order search results. The new experiment is reportedly showing up for select users only, but the help page says that the goal is to allow you to “influence your search experience by adding, moving, and removing search results.”

Those of us in EDD are always looking for ways to tweak searches to better fit them to our clients’ needs. It will be interesting to see how easily and effectively users are able to influence the accuracy of these searches, and how soon such technology makes it into review platforms and the like.

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