EDRM: Electronic Discovery Reference Model

EDRM (Electronic Discovery Reference Model)

Information Management

Getting your electronic house in order to mitigate risk and expenses should e-discovery become an issue, from the initial creation of electronically stored information through to its final disposition.

Identification

Locating potential sources of ESI (Electronically Stored Information) and determining its scope, breadth and depth in coordination with legal officers and attorneys at an early stage in the case.

Preservation

Ensuring that ESI is protected against inappropriate alteration or destruction. After the point in time when litigation occurs or can be expected, all destruction, deletion, or change of any relevant data must be stopped.

Collection

Gathering all target ESI for further use in the e-discovery process (processing, review, etc.). Collection targets are the data stored in hard disks, various other storage devices, and server computers of interest. Collection takes place at the same time as “Preservation”.

Processing

Reducing the volume of ESI and converting it, if necessary, into forms more suitable for review and analysis. Typical tasks include the deletion of duplicate data and filtering by file type.

Review

Evaluating ESI for relevance and privilege by legal officers and attorneys. Based on the relevance and confidentiality of the electronic data, re-sort the data into disclosure data and non-disclosure data.

Analysis

Evaluating ESI for content and context, including key patterns, topics, people & discussions in order to decide whether the data is to be disclosed or not.

Production

Delivering ESI to others in appropriate forms and using appropriate delivery mechanisms.

Presentation

Displaying ESI before audiences (at depositions, hearings, trials, etc.), especially in native & near-native forms, to elicit further information, validate existing facts or positions, or persuade an audience.