I am moderating an Inside Counsel live webinar for Nuix with the title The Convergence of eDiscovery and Information Governance on Tuesday 24 January at 1pm to 2pm EST / 10am to 11am PT / 6:00pm to 7:00pm GMT.
The panel members are Craig Ball, Stephen Stewart and David Cowen, whose details appear on the registration page.
Much of the eDiscovery discussion in 2012 is about applications and techniques for reducing the volume of discoverable information in the context of some triggering event, whether litigation which the company is engaged in or which it has reason to expect, a regulatory intervention, or an internal investigation. If this was not clear already, the pre-LegalTech spate of announcements about predictive coding / technology assisted review leaves no one in doubt about the importance of developing sophisticated and intelligent ways of culling down data.
That needs first-rate software tools, but it also needs the right people to make the right decisions about what to leave out and what must be kept. A set of skills has developed in the eDiscovery context which crosses the legal and IT boundaries and which includes both an understanding of the obligations and the ability to use search tools, analytic tools, and processing power to discriminate quickly and safely between important things and unimportant things and the shades which lie between them.
The skills and tools developed for cost-effective and defensible reaction to such trigger events are the same as those needed for proactive decision-making about defensible deletion within companies as part of their information governance. Those who have developed the skills in an eDiscovery context are those who will be needed by the growing number of corporations who are expressing concern about the risk and cost buried in their data.
This webinar grew out of the very successful Nuix Exchange in Sydney last October when the discussions were led by the four of us who are giving this webinar. We join together again on the Monday of LegalTech at 10:30am in the Sutton Center Parlor on the 2nd Floor of the Hilton New York. Join us at one place or the other for what promises to be a lively and interesting discussion.