Top E-Discovery Standardization Trends for 2011 and Beyond
Jan 24, 2011
ZL Announces Its Top eDiscovery Standardization Trends for 2011 and BeyondSAN JOSE, CA – Jan. 24, 2011 ZL Technologies, Inc., the leader in archiving and eDiscovery software for large organizations, today announced its top eDiscovery standardization trends for 2011 and beyond. The list is based on ZL’s participation on and surveys of leading industry experts, thought leaders, and standards-setting bodies. Based on these connections, ZL believes that eDiscovery software capabilities will become easier to measure and compare as vendor-neutral organizations establish common standards for capabilities and expertise. As in other technology fields, as eDiscovery technology matures, widely disparate solutions will tend to coalesce around sets of identified customer requirements. Individual tests in private proof-of-concept evaluations will be augmented with public tests using established benchmarks. These areas are being actively developed in the eDiscovery space and those interested in this area are well advised to keep up to date on the standardization processes. The Top Electronic Discovery Standardization Trends for 2011 include:
- Growth of Standards and Research Bodies: As an industry matures, the increase in standardization is often reflected in the number and depth of organizations in that field. In eDiscovery, there are a growing number of organizations that are contributing to the standardization of technology and knowledge. These organizations are comprised established organizations including The Sedona Conference, Electronic Discovery Reference Model (EDRM), Text REtrieval Conference (TREC) Legal Track, Discovery of Electronically Stored Information (DESI) Workshop and the Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards (OASIS) as well as newer knowledge certification organizations, including the Association for Certified Electronic Discovery Specialists (ACEDS) and the Organization of Legal Professionals (OLP). The growing number of organizations enables opportunities to both establish standards in new areas and collaborate to leverage work done by others. Of note, the DESI IV Workshop in 2011 will focus specifically on the standardization of eDiscovery search. To participate in DESI, please visit:www.umiacs.umd.edu/~oard/desi4/.
- Moving Technology from Research to Practice The TREC Legal Track project has been on the forefront of legal technology research since its inception in 2006 and its findings are often cited by legal experts. In 2010, TREC Legal Track moved its research to the EDRM Enron Data Set 2.0. By combining a publicly available, unencumbered data set with published relevancy rankings, TREC’s valuable knowledge that can now be more easily used by organizations to test their own review technology with the same rigor as used in TREC research.
- Interoperability Standardization As organizations seek to leverage their investment in software tools, communications between solutions becomes more important. There are several standards that have been established and are being worked on including EDRM XML, EDRM Search XSD, and OASIS Content Management Interoperability Services (CMIS). Establishment and use of standards will drive the industry forward as organizations look to make longer term use of their investments.
- Functionality Standardization,br> Archiving, eDiscovery, and records management capabilities are often tested by organizations; however, use of custom tests and proprietary data often results in one-off evaluations. Standardized tests and data sets will allow organizations to leverage their own past tests and third-party experiences when conducting their own evaluations. In addition to the DESI IV effort, EDRM is also running a complementary Testing Project to “create and publish peer reviewed testing protocols and create overall testing principals for the unique requirements of the discovery lifecycle.”
- Performance Measurement Standardization Some initial efforts towards performance standards have been established and published; however, to date they are private efforts that cannot be independently verified or reproduced. The EDRM Testing Project is also targeting performance standardization of various aspects of the EDRM process, and work in conjunction with the EDRM Data Set, Metrics, and Search projects.
- Knowledge Standardization eDiscovery covers a wide variety of technologies that are related to, but not fully addressed by, traditional certification bodies in the areas of computer forensics, information security or system administration. The Association for Certified Electronic Discovery Specialists (ACEDS) and the Organization of Legal Professionals (OLP) are offering initial certification programs to provide a common body of knowledge for industry professionals. Organizations such as these will help provide a common baseline of knowledge for industry practitioners to complement to field experience.
About ZL Technologies, Inc. ZL Technologies makes Unified Archive® software (“ZL UA®”) to enable large enterprises to manage all unstructured content such as e-mail and files, to satisfy corporate archiving needs for eDiscovery, records management, regulatory compliance, corporate governance, and storage management. It also enables the same unstructured content to become the organization’s Corporate eMemory™ for competitive advantage, such as sharing knowledge, experts, and history across the enterprise. ZL UA’s unique differentiator is its unified architecture, which consolidates all applications and billions of documents under one platform, thus eliminating today’s fractured data silos which significantly raise operating costs and legal risks. Demonstrating a proven track record with Global 500 customers and strategic partnerships with major players such as Oracle, PriceWaterhouseCoopers, and SunGard, ZL has emerged as the technology leader in harnessing unstructured “Big Data” for strategic advantage. For more information, please visit www.zlti.com.