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Information Week Writer Reviews E-Discovery Applications

Posted by rjbiii on September 19, 2008

Andrew Conry-Murray writes two reviews on e-discovery software. The first article, which discusses offerings from Clearwell, Kazeon, and Stored IQ is here. The second article, examining Guidance’s EnCase and Axcelerate eDiscovery from Recommind, is here.

Happy reading!

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Building Multilingual Ontologies

Posted by rjbiii on September 19, 2008

A press release from the School of Computing at la Universidad Politécnica de Madrid announces that their researchers have developed a method for building ontologies irrespective of language:

The innovative thing about what these researchers are proposing is the construction of multilingual ontologies using what are known as universal words as the concept name. The concept of universal word stems from the United Nations University’s UNL Project (Universal Networking Language). This project was set up to break down the linguistic barriers on the Internet. The researchers claim that the characteristics of UNL also very close match the features of an ontology.


In an article presented last July at The 2008 International Conference on Semantic Web and Web Services (SWWS’08), these researchers describe their approach and explain a case study demonstrating the validity of their method. The case study used the contents of the current catalogue of Spanish monuments as part of the Patrilex project, funded by the Spanish National Research Plan in conjunction with the Underdirectorate General of Cultural Heritage.

In this case study, the sentences from the catalogue of Spanish monuments were coded in UNL language. This codification is a semantic representation of the catalogue contents. The researchers then searched for predefined linguistic patterns in the semantic representation. After identifying the contents matching the patterns, they instantiated the contents as ontological structures.

The big advantage of using the UNL system is that the universal words are independent of the language and are not ambiguous. The non-ambiguity makes the translation of the ontology built this way to any language extremely precise.

Will the difficulties we currently experience with the production of multi-lingual data sets be consigned to the history bin? Not quickly enough…stay tuned.

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New E-Discovery Strategy: Manage your data before the lawsuit

Posted by rjbiii on September 19, 2008

Businesses have finally become impressed with the need to manage the data residing on their enterprises, and it appears that the straw breaking the camel’s back is…ta da…e-discovery:

But thanks to e-discovery risk and burgeoning data volumes — 20% to 50% compound annual growth rate for some companies — the tide is starting to turn, according to [John] Merryman. The average cost companies incur for electronic data discovery ranges from $1 million to $3 million per terabyte of data, according to Glasshouse. While you need to pay attention to retaining data, at the same time, “all indications are that you need to be keeping less,” Merryman says.

The cost of retrieving content from disorganized data universes existing on IT enterprises hits hard when a suit requires you to sort out the mess. No excuses are allowed, and procrastination is no longer possible. So what’s the answer?

One way to address this problem is to set retention policies that reduce exposure to legal problems. But don’t try to boil the ocean, Merryman advises. Instead, create policies from the application or business level down, rather than looking across the whole data landscape and letting policy bubble up. Also, create black-and-white rules that are easy to deal with.

E-discovery should not be quite the beast that it has turned out to be. Part of the reason for the current predicament is that data management hasn’t been a priority, even in the face of compliance requirements. Lawsuits, and the attendant scrutiny accompanying e-discovery projects, signal that judgment day approaches. Taming the enterprise goes a long way to taming the e-discovery burden.

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