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EDD Basics: SearchStorage.com breaks down the EDRM to techies

Posted by rjbiii on April 14, 2009

SearchStorage.com posts an article by Alan Radding meant to inform storage techies on the EDRM. From the article:

“For an IT person faced with finding e-discovery tools, the first thing I would do is take the EDRM diagram and go talk with your legal counsel,” said Matthew Todd, CISO and vice president of risk and technical operations at Palo Alto, Calif.-based Financial Engines Inc. The legal counsel should tell you which functions the IT group should do in-house. Then you can start looking at tools.

It’s a good primer, but it contains a complaint I find puzzling: that the EDRM doesn’t list tools (solutions that do the tasks illustrated by the model). The reason for that, of course, is that the model was deliberately built to be technologically-neutral. Of course, coming from the IT side, where one might be completely unfamiliar with the tools of this trade, I can see where a product guide would be helpful. But that is beyond the EDRM’s scope and purpose (although in writing this, I allow myself to put words in the mouths of the model’s creators…without any authorization to do so).

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EDRM Releases its new Standard for Production

Posted by rjbiii on October 24, 2007

The Standards Group for EDRM released a new, xml-based standard designed to ease migration from one litigation platform to another:

“In the past, there hasn’t been a standard way to hand off [information] from one step of e-discovery to the other,” said Leafstrand. “With no validation tools to make sure you have done it right, it’s been a very hit-and-miss, labor-intensive operation.”

Very true. Perhaps the largest part of “manual” labor that goes into the average project centers on “massaging” the data into the a format acceptable to the recipient’s particular system. Although many of these formats have become de facto standards, there are still often nuances and requests that fall outside the norm. This makes a good data integrator nearly invaluable. If some of the more tedious tasks can be eliminated, I’m all for it. I doubt, however, that the standard will be a panacea for the industry. Keep your experienced data integrators happy; you still need them.

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Product Roundup for E-Discovery

Posted by rjbiii on September 11, 2007

Computer Weekly discusses some of the products available to help companies manage the e-discovery process:

E-discovery has become the buzzword on everyone’s lips this year, thanks largely to the new US Federal Rules of Civil Procedure (FRCP), which revised guidelines for producing electronic evidence last December. The revision means that companies that fail to produce electronic evidence in court may be granted leniency if they show a good faith effort to both preserve and produce the electronic data.

Nothing surprising here, but the list of products is interesting, even if it isn’t comprehensive. Missing classes of products include edd processing platforms (such as discover-e or Cricket); Review Tools (iConect, Summation, Concordance, File Control). Still, it’s worth taking a look at.

The article also looks at the Electronic Discovery Reference Model (EDRM).

The Electronic Discovery Reference Model (EDRM) project was launched in May 2005 in an attempt to bring some order to the chaos around e-discovery products. Most experts agree that this model of the e-discovery process remains the most complete one and can come in handy when it comes to identifying and evaluating products. The model has six main phases: records management, identification, preservation/collection, processing/review/analysis, production and preservation.

The model is pretty good, although far from perfect. Nevertheless, can be useful to illustrate workflow processes and procedures (and pitfalls).

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