One of the best side-benefits I get from conducting thought leader interviews for the blog is that I get to learn about new programs in the industry that promote best practices. I learned about one such new program in my thought leader interview with Jason R. Baron, Of Counsel with Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP and former long-time Director of Litigation for the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). Through my interview with Jason, I learned that the Information Governance Initiative (IGI), a cross-disciplinary consortium and think tank focused on advancing information governance, launched last week.
Thirty months ago yesterday, eDiscovery Daily was launched. It’s hard to believe that it has been 2 1/2 years since our first three posts that debuted on our first day. 635 posts later, a lot has happened in the industry that we’ve covered. And, yes we’re still crazy after all these years for committing to a daily post each business day, but we still haven’t missed a business day yet. Twice a year, we like to take a look back at some of the important stories and topics during that time. So, here are just a few of the posts over the last six months you may have missed. Enjoy!
According to the Forrester Research and ARMA International Records Management Online Survey, Q3 2012, only 12 percent of records managers are "very confident" that, if challenged, their organization could demonstrate that their electronically stored information (ESI) is “accurate, accessible, complete and trustworthy”. That's less than one in eight.
This week, the Electronic Discovery Reference Model (EDRM) Project, through its Information Governance Reference Model (IGRM) Project, announced today the release of version 3.0 of the IGRM. As their press release notes, “The updated model now includes privacy and security as primary functions and stakeholders in the effective governance of information. This release of the IGRM reflects broad industry support and collaboration across the expert communities of ARMA International and CGOC (Compliance, Governance and Oversight Council).”
I’ve been proud to be a member of The Electronic Discovery Reference Model (EDRM) for the past six years (all but the first year) and I’m always keen to report on activities and accomplishments of the various working groups within EDRM. Since this blog was founded, we’ve reported on several EDRM accomplishments. EDRM’s latest announcement yesterday is a new guide, Statistical Sampling Applied to Electronic Discovery, which is now available for review and comment.
Yesterday, we talked about the Information Lifecycle Governance Leader Reference Guide from the Compliance, Governance and Oversight Council (CGOC). The guide provides a program for operationalizing an effective defensive disposal program for expired data, which is an increasingly important issue for many organizations as organizational data doubles every 18-24 months. I recently interviewed Deidre Paknad, Director of Information Lifecycle Governance (ILG) Solutions for IBM and the founder of CGOC, and asked her some questions regarding the goals for the guide, the target audience and how it fits in with other information governance initiatives in the industry.
With all of the recent attention on technology-assisted review and current case law related to that subject, it’s sometimes easy to forget that most sanctions are issued because of failure to preserve potentially responsive data. A sound Information Governance (aka Records Management) policy is the first step to enabling organizations to meet their preservation obligations by getting control of the data up front. One organization focused on Information Governance is the Compliance, Governance and Oversight Council (CGOC). Recently, CGOC developed a new guide for helping organizations with succeed in improving information and eDiscovery economics.
Eighteen months ago yesterday, eDiscovery Daily was launched. A lot has happened in the industry in eighteen months. We thought we might be crazy to commit to a daily blog each business day. We may be crazy indeed, but we still haven’t missed a business day yet. As we’ve done in the past, we like to take a look back every six months at some of the important stories and topics during that time. So, here are some posts over the last six months you may have missed. Enjoy!
Today’s thought leader is George Socha. A litigator for 16 years, George is President of Socha Consulting LLC, offering services as an electronic discovery expert witness, special master and advisor to corporations, law firms and their clients, and legal vertical market software and service providers in the areas of electronic discovery and automated litigation support. George is also co-author of Apersee, an online system for selecting eDiscovery providers and their offerings and co-founder of the Electronic Discovery Reference Model (EDRM) project to establish standards within the eDiscovery industry. George has a J.D. for Cornell Law School and a B.A. from the University of Wisconsin – Madison.
A few months ago, the Electronic Discovery Reference Model (EDRM) and ARMA International announced that they would be collaborating on information governance guidelines for eDiscovery. It only took them a little over three months to release their first work product. On December 20 of last year, ARMA and EDRM announced the publication of a jointly developed white paper entitled, How the Information Governance Reference Model (IGRM) Complements ARMA International’s Generally Accepted Recordkeeping Principles (GARP).
As discussed in our recent two-part series on eDiscovery standards, there is a growing movement to develop industry standards, frameworks, or reference models to help manage eDiscovery. This week, there was perhaps a major move in that direction as the Electronic Discovery Reference Model (EDRM) and ARMA International announced that they would be collaborating on information governance guidelines for eDiscovery.
A couple of days ago, Law Technology News (LTN) published an article entitled Lawyers Struggle to Get a Grasp on E-Discovery, by Gina Passarella, via The Legal Intelligencer. Noting that “[a]ttorneys have said e-discovery can eat up between 50 to 80 percent of a litigation budget”, the article had several good observations and quotes from various eDiscovery thought leaders. So, do you have a game plan for “getting” eDiscovery?
As discussed yesterday, there is a nascent, but growing, movement pushing for industry standards in eDiscovery. That’s something many litigators may chafe at, thinking that standards and industry benchmarks impose checklists or management processes that tell them how to do their job. But industry standards, when implemented well, provide not only a common standard of care, but can help provide a point of comparison to help drive buying decisions.
eDiscovery Daily recently ran a three part series analyzing eDiscovery cost budgeting. Cost has long been a driving force in eDiscovery decision-making, but it is just one dimension in choosing EDD services. Other industries have well-established standards for quality - think of the automotive or software industries, which have standard measures for defects or bugs. This year there has been a rising call for developing industry standards in eDiscovery to provide quality measures.
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