eDiscovery continues to evolve but remains a costly endeavor. To more narrowly target the right data prior to review, there are a range of tools and techniques available in each prior phase–before litigation, during collection and restoration, during processing, and during early case assessment and review preparation. To leverage these tools and techniques effectively, you will need to think about discovery as more than just a legal activity–you will need to think about it as an information management and retrieval exercise. Read on to learn more about the key data targeting options available to you in each project phase, from simple data mapping to full technology-assisted review.
In this segment we review the data targeting options during the collection and processing phases. The extent to which the right data can be targeted during the collection phase will depend primarily on the specific devices and systems from which you are collecting. Once your material has been collected and you are ready to begin processing the data, another range of data targeting options is available to you. In addition to standard removal of known system files, duplicate files, and duplicate messages, there are several filtering options you can dive into.
The last segment discusses data targeting options during early case assessment and considerations for overall strategy. During early case assessment (ECA), in almost any modern document review platform, case teams have a powerful set of tools at their disposal for data targeting prior to review. Your goal should be to understand the specifics of the options available in your source systems and your discovery tools so that you can assess which ones will be most useful to you in each specific project and how aggressive you should be in your overall targeting efforts. Read on to learn more about data targeting tools that can be used prior to review.