Last week, we introduced electronic discovery with a few resources to begin your educational journey. This week, we will begin a 5-week series on e-discovery technology. This is technology used in support of electronic discovery projects. Following the phases or stages laid out in the EDRM (Electronic Discovery Reference Model found at www.edrm.net) we will take a look at the technology used for each phase (these are not endorsements, simply examples):
Traditional information technology and records management professionals have the responsibility of making sure that the business information is stored for real-time access and general business use/needs, preserved to meet government regulations and preserved in the event of a disaster. Thanks to e-discovery, they must also concern themselves with data and information that may potentially be discoverable in litigation. The challenge for those with IT and records management responsibility is how to effectively determine what should be saved and not blow the budget doing it.
Identification / ECA
Traditional early case assessment does not specifically require technology. However, over the last decade, attorneys and case teams have successfully used search & retrieval tools to make informed strategic decisions about how to move a matter forward or towards settlement.
Next week, we will cover the preservation and collection phases of the EDRM. Remember, the tools are not as important as the process. Our next lesson series will cover e-discovery project management best practices in our weekly lesson. Learn something new everyday as you take control of your career and educational journey.