Here’s a New Dataset Option, Thanks to EDRM: eDiscovery Trends

By : Doug Austin

For several years, the Enron data set (converted to Outlook by the EDRM Data Set team back in November of 2010) has been the only viable set of public domain data available for testing and demonstration of eDiscovery processing and review applications. Chances are, if you’ve seen a demo of an eDiscovery application in the last few years, it was using Enron data. Now, the EDRM Data Set team has begun to offer some new dataset options.

Want to Avoid eDiscovery “Gotchas”? Attend this Session at ILTA: eDiscovery Best Practices

By : Doug Austin

There is less than two weeks left before ILTACON 2015, the annual conference for the International Legal Technology Association (ILTA) at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. eDiscovery Daily will be at the show and providing coverage before, during and after the show. If you’re attending (or thinking of attending), here is one session that you should put on your list to check out.

EDRM Participant Profiles: eDiscovery Trends

By : Doug Austin

When EDRM announced eDiscovery Daily as an Education partner back in March, EDRM agreed to publish our daily posts on the EDRM site and it has been great to publish our content via the leading standards organization for the eDiscovery market! However, another part of our agreement was for eDiscovery Daily to provide exclusive content to EDRM, including articles sharing real-life examples of organizations using EDRM resources in their own eDiscovery workflows. Now, our first participant profile is available on the EDRM site and we’re looking for other organizations to share their EDRM experiences!

For a Successful Outcome to Your Discovery Project, Work Backwards: eDiscovery Best Practices

By : Doug Austin

While the Electronic Discovery Reference Model from EDRM has become the standard model for the workflow of the process for handling electronically stored information (ESI) in discovery, it might be helpful to think about the EDRM model backwards, whether you’re the producing party or the receiving party.

Ten Years Later, EDRM is Still Going Strong: eDiscovery Best Practices

By : Doug Austin

It’s hard to believe, but ten years ago this month the leading standards organization for the eDiscovery market was launched. Launched in May 2005, the Electronic Discovery Reference Model (now simply known as EDRM) was created to address the lack of standards and guidelines in the electronic discovery market. This week, EDRM moved into its second decade with its annual Spring Workshop in St. Paul, MN.

A New Calculator from EDRM and Other EDRM News: eDiscovery Trends

By : Doug Austin

Over a year ago, we discussed budget calculators available from the Metrics section of the EDRM web site and reviewed the four calculators available at the time. In the past couple of weeks, EDRM added a new calculator. Let’s take a look at that and also other upcoming EDRM events, including a webinar today.

A New Processing Standards Guide from EDRM: eDiscovery Best Practices

By : Doug Austin

When dealing with electronic data, some attorneys think that since the files are already electronic, how hard can they be to load? Unfortunately, it’s not as simple as that. To be useable in discovery, electronic files need to be processed and good processing requires a sound process. Leave it to EDRM to offer a new standards guide to establish a set of basic standards for processing various types of data for eDiscovery.

Need Help on Handling Social Media, Cloud and Mobile Data Sources? Check Out this Conference: eDiscovery Trends

By : Doug Austin

Last week, we announced that eDiscovery Daily is a new Education partner of EDRM. University of Florida Levin College of Law is another EDRM Education partner and will be teaming up with EDRM to host the 3rd Annual UFLaw and EDRM Electronic Discovery Conference on Friday, March 27.

George Socha of Socha Consulting LLC: eDiscovery Trends

By : Doug Austin

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 has also been co-author of the leading survey on the electronic discovery market, The Socha-Gelbmann Electronic Discovery Survey; in 2011, he and Tom Gelbmann converted the Survey into Apersee, an online system for selecting eDiscovery providers and their offerings. In 2005, he and Tom Gelbmann launched the Electronic Discovery Reference Model project to establish standards within the eDiscovery industry – today, the EDRM model has become a standard in the industry for the eDiscovery life cycle and there are nine active projects with over 300 members from 81 participating organizations. George has a J.D. for Cornell Law School and a B.A. from the University of Wisconsin – Madison.

eDiscovery Daily is Now an Education Partner of EDRM!

By : Doug Austin

If you’re a regular reader of this blog, you know that we have frequently covered announcements by EDRM that range from announcements about new practical tools (such as those here, here and here) to announcements about new partnerships (such as this one here). We love EDRM because they regularly have something interesting to announce which gives us plenty of topic ideas for this blog. Now, EDRM’s latest announcement includes eDiscovery Daily as we are now an Education partner of EDRM!

EDRM Publishes Updated Statistical Sampling Guide with Public Comments: eDiscovery Trends

By : Doug Austin

In 2012, we covered EDRM’s initial announcement of a new guide called Statistical Sampling Applied to Electronic Discovery and we covered the release of the updated guide (Release 2) back in December. That version of the guide has now been updated with feedback from the comment period.

Here’s Another Resource from EDRM That You May Not Know About: eDiscovery Webinars

By : Doug Austin

If you’re like me, you get a lot of email invites to webinars for all sorts of topics. Most are free and I wish I could attend them all, but I have a day job (beyond my role as editor of eDiscoveryDaily, I’m also VP of Professional Services for CloudNine), so I don’t have a lot of free time and have to pass on most of them (including many that I’d like to attend). If that’s true for you too and the webinar that you’re missing is provided by EDRM, you might be happy to know that you can probably still view it, whenever you have time.

EDRM Publishes Clarification to its Model Code of Conduct – eDiscovery Trends

By : Doug Austin

Yesterday, we discussed an update to the Cooperation Proclamation: Resources for the Judiciary from The Sedona Conference®. Today, another titan of eDiscovery standards and best practices, EDRM, has an update of its own.

EDRM Updates Statistical Sampling Applied to Electronic Discovery Guide – eDiscovery Trends

By : Doug Austin

Over two years ago, we covered EDRM’s initial announcement of a new guide called Statistical Sampling Applied to Electronic Discovery. Now, they have announced an updated version of the guide.

How Mature is Your Organization in Handling eDiscovery? – eDiscovery Best Practices

By : Doug Austin

A new self-assessment resource from EDRM helps you answer that question. A few days ago, EDRM announced the release of the EDRM eDiscovery Maturity Self-Assessment Test (eMSAT-1), the “first self-assessment resource to help organizations measure their eDiscovery maturity”. Find out more about it here.

When Preparing Production Sets, Quality is Job 1 – Best of eDiscovery Daily

By : Doug Austin

Yesterday, we talked about addressing parameters of production up front to ensure that those requirements make sense and avoid foreseeable production problems well before the production step. Today, we will talk about quality control (QC) mechanisms to make sure that the production is complete and accurate. There are a number of checks that can and should be performed on the production set, prior to producing it to the requesting party. Here are some examples.

Production is the “Ringo” of the eDiscovery Phases – Best of eDiscovery Daily

By : Doug Austin

Most of the “press” associated with eDiscovery ranges from the “left side of the EDRM model” (i.e., Information Management, Identification, Preservation, Collection) through the stages to prepare materials for production (i.e., Processing, Review and Analysis). All of those phases lead to one inevitable stage in eDiscovery: Production. Yet, few people talk about the actual production step. If Preservation, Collection and Review are the “John”, “Paul” and “George” of the eDiscovery process, Production is “Ringo”.

Our 1,000th Post! – eDiscovery Milestones

By : Doug Austin

When we launched nearly four years ago on September 20, 2010, our goal was to be a daily resource for eDiscovery news and analysis. Now, after doing so each business day, I’m happy to announce that today is our 1,000th post on eDiscovery Daily! Check out what we've covered over 1,000 posts!

eDiscovery Throwback Thursdays – Collecting Documents

By : Jane Gennarelli

In 1978, I took my first job in litigation, with the law department of a Fortune 100 corporation headquartered in New York City. I was one of a team assembled to collect responsive documents to be produced in a major antitrust litigation. The documents were located in the corporation’s office and warehouse facilities around the country. While the process of collecting documents varied from case to case, this project was representative of the general approach to collecting documents in large-scale litigation. Let me describe how it worked.

eDiscovery Throwback Thursdays – Circa 1978, We Lived in a World of Paper

By : Jane Gennarelli

Back before desktops, laptops and tablets, the business world meant paper. Lots of paper. And that meant that litigation preparation activities revolved around paper. Here's how the phases of discovery were handled, prior to the early 1980s.



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About the Bloggers

Brad Jenkins

Brad Jenkins, President and CEO of CloudNine Discovery, has over 20 years of experience leading customer focused companies in the litigation support arena. Brad has authored many articles on litigation support issues, and has spoken before national audiences on document management practices and solutions.

Doug Austin

Doug Austin, Professional Services Manager for CloudNine Discovery, has over 20 years experience providing legal technology consulting and technical project management services to numerous commercial and government clients. Doug has also authored several articles on eDiscovery best practices.

Jane Gennarelli

Jane Gennarelli is a principal of Magellan’s Law Corporation and has been assisting litigators in effectively handling discovery materials for over 30 years. She authored the company’s Best Practices in a Box™ content product and assists firms in applying technology to document handling tasks. She is a known expert and often does webinars and presentations for litigation support professionals around the country. Jane can be reached by email at