Blog posts on eDiscovery | eDisclosure in January 2013

February 11, 2013

Here is a list of the 58 blog posts published in January 2013 on my Commentary Blog and Updates Blog. They got 9,464 page views between them.

As mentioned in a recent post, the web site has been smartened up a little as part of a general review. Some old material has gone and there will be new sections, not least about the Jackson Reforms, shortly (seeing the final form of the rules would be a a good start).

A spate of post-LegalTech posts is on its way, spread across the next few days. Read the rest of this entry »

Blog posts on eDiscovery | eDisclosure in December 2012

January 8, 2013

Here is a list of my blog posts of December 2012 on eDiscovery / eDisclosure and related matters. After several months of experiments, I have abandoned my Google Plus page for my short eDiscovery posts in favour of a second WordPress blog, called eDisclosure Information Project Updates. This blog has its own email sign-up for those who want to be tipped off about new posts.

Google Plus has really good SEO (Search Engine Optimisation), and the existing posts will remain there. Google’s clunky interface was one push factor; another was the feeling of being at a party which everyone else had skipped, despite the tiresome G+ focus on “community” and other things which Facebook does much better if you like that sort of thing – great for florists, car mechanics and High Street solicitors, but of no interest to me.

The new WordPress blog started delivering good SEO almost at once. I can extend its features, adjust its appearance and be sure that it will not acquire some tedious new “feature” next week because a hyperactive geek at Google has some syndrome which requires constant change for its own sake.

I have also abandoned the practice of summarising the short posts, giving a list like the one below instead. The SEO value of the summaries and the links from them was not commensurate with the very significant input which they required. I am not remotely interested in all the detailed “campaign” stats which marketing people get so hung up on. One thing matters to me – how many people go to my articles and thus past my sponsors’ logos? The average number of page views last year, weekends and holidays included, was 224 per day.

The list below, and the parallel one on my web site, are part of the web of cross-links (Twitter and LinkedIn provide the rest) which ensure that no-one can do much research on eDisclosure / eDiscovery without finding something by me.

December was a short month – I was away on holiday for a week quite apart from the long Christmas and New Year break. The volume of interesting material now being published by others is such that there is always a queue – that is, a stockpile of subjects, some already written about, which I hold back to avoid swamping the readers. Apart from time-critical things like webinar dates, I don’t think promptness matters too much – if it is important, it will still be important next week. Read the rest of this entry »

Short eDiscovery Updates to end November 2012

December 6, 2012

This post summarises the posts on my Google Plus page during November 2012. I gave up on Google Plus after that for reasons given in my post here, and set up a new updates blog. A different form of index will be provided in due course for posts from 1 December. Read the rest of this entry »

Short eDiscovery updates to 20 October

October 31, 2012

Here is a summary of the (relatively few) eDiscovery updates posted on my Google Plus page between 14 and 20 October.


Xerox adds streamlined redaction to its upgraded Omnix 5.4 discovery platform

The headline feature in the new release of the Xerox XLS discovery platform Omnix is a redactions tool which allows redactions to be applied automatically, together with reasons for the redaction, to specific terms in documents based on search results and advanced text pattern hits. The new tool also allows reverse redactions, that is, the blanking out of anything in a document which does not meet certain criteria. [More]

Published: 16 October 2012

G+ Post | Link to Source | Xerox Litigation Services


Going it alone: Millnet comment on Drinker Biddle’s in-house discovery function

I wrote recently about the subsidiary company set up by Chicago firm Drinker Biddle to manage the eDiscovery function for the firm’s litigation clients.  This development was said by the firm to be a reaction to the high costs of involving external providers of eDiscovery services. I described this reaction as a conventional market development, a way of fighting back as others encroach on your traditional territory. [More]

Published: 16 October 2012

G+ Post | Link to Source | Millnet


A Very Gallant Gentleman – Captain Oates walks out into the snow

The article Going it alone, by Millnet’s Charles Holloway, mentioned below, includes a part of the painting called A Very Gallant Gentleman  painted in 1913 by John Charles Dolman.  It depicts Lawrence Oates, a member of Scott’s ill-fated 1912 Antarctic expedition, going out into the snow to die alone because his ill-health was slowing the others down. His last words, “I am just going outside and may be some time”, are taken as the epitome of self-sacrificing courage, causing Scott to write that Oates “died a very gallant gentleman”. [More]

Published: 16 October 2012

G+ Post | Millnet


Nuix and RSD partnership aims to bring data in from the cold

eDiscovery and Information Governance software company Nuix has joined forces with Geneva-based RSD to help organisations identify and tag documents and data which lie outside the formal document repositories. Once found, documents can be brought in from the cold, left where they are or deleted according to the policies in force in the company.

The partnership involves the incorporation of the Nuix search and analysis technology into the RSD GLASS 3 platform.

Published: 17 October 2012

G+ Post | Link to Source | Nuix


Recommind: The ROI of Predictive Coding – Thursday, 18 October

This webinar discusses the cost savings and the quality improvements associated with Predictive Coding. It is obviously good to be able to assess in advance what the return will be on the investment in any technology. Two things are needed to begin – some metrics from past cases in order to see what the typical cost is, and some idea of the percentage reduction which might be achieved using the proposed technology. Given the cost of review, you do not need a very high percentage reduction to pay for the use of the technology. [More]

Published: 17 October 2012

G+ Post | Link to Source | Recommind



Short eDiscovery updates to 13 October

October 13, 2012

Most of these updates on my Google Plus site are from the week ending 6 October. After that, I was at the Masters Conference in Washington and at an event given by Symantec-Clearwell at Tower Bridge, with no time to write. I am content, in fact, to come late to my summary of these short posts – it gives s second life to subjects which would otherwise sink in the Twitter-stream.

I keep a large stock of things to write about thanks to my favourite software product, Evernote – I dip into it whenever there is a spare moment and pull out something to link to. That is fairly easy; the subsequent linking – via LinkedIn and Twitter at the time of publishing, in these updates, and (in due course) in the master list of articles on my web site, is extremely time-consuming and a major addition to my work-load. The payback comes in the form of SEO (Search Engine Optimisation) both of my own articles and of those to which I link.

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New data sources drive innovative eDiscovery forensics at Millnet

September 26, 2012

The appointment of Stuart Clarke to head a new forensics function at Millnet gives me an opportunity to set out here something which I cover in some of my eDisclosure / eDiscovery talks. The general theme there is that, important though it is to collect, in a proper and defensible manner, the multiple gigabytes of e-mail, Microsoft Office files and the other conventional sources of electronic evidence, those who stop there and consider the job done might well be overlooking apparently trivial sources on which cases can turn.

Stuart Clarke has been at Millnet since earlier this year. We met at CEIC in Las Vegas in May, a conference which, thanks to its Guidance Software heritage, brings together the brightest and best in data collection skills. One of my own panels there, delivered in conjunction with Craig Ball, was about social media; my focus was on the potential traps which lie in the data stored by apparently trivial applications which are used every day but which might easily be overlooked when one comes to collect all relevant data.

My context was not so much the formal obligations and the sanctions which may follow from failing to comply with them, but the fact that the evidence which they produce and hold might prove or disprove something critical to the dispute. Some of my own examples were about an application called Evernote, to which I revert below. I discovered from talking to Stuart that he was similarly interested in the implications raised by this particular tool. Read the rest of this entry »

Short eDiscovery updates to 15 September 2012

September 24, 2012

This continues my new practice of summarising posts, mainly about eDiscovery, which have appeared on my Google Plus page recently. There are 26 of them in this summary, which points to a busy week (now two weeks ago) of announcements and stories. Google still can’t be bothered to show the full heading of these pages, or lack the competence to do so. They index well, however.

I omitted last time to break the summary after its introduction, and pushed off to the US leaving a long list at the top of the blog. My apologies to those who came in search of the next article of substance. That follows shortly. Read the rest of this entry »


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