Information Governance (InfoGovernance) is the specification of decision rights and an accountability framework to encourage desirable behavior in the valuation, creation, storage, use, archiving and deletion of information. It includes the processes, roles, standards and metrics that ensure the effective and efficient use of information to enable an organization to achieve its goals. Information governance should be an element in planning an enterprise's information architecture.

(Gartner Hype Cycle for Legal and Regulatory Information Governance, 2009, December 2009).

An Engagement Area (EA) is an area where the commander of a military force intends to contain and destroy an enemy force with the massed effects of all available weapons systems.

(FM 1-02, Operational Terms and Graphics, September 2004).

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

The Seven Percent Solution: The Case of the Confounding TAR Savings

By John Tredennick
“So what’s the big deal?” I asked Mark Noel, one of our senior Predict consultants (and much smarter than me about this stuff). “Moving from one document in 100 to seven doesn’t seem like much of an improvement,” I added. “Why couldn’t we get these numbers up to 35% or, heck, even higher to 60% or more?”
To my surprise, he set me straight pretty quickly. “Raising review richness from one to seven percent is pretty important,” he explained. “That means the reviewers are finding relevant documents seven times faster than before.”

The Delusions of Big Data and Other Huge Engineering Efforts

By Lee Gomes
The overeager adoption of big data is likely to result in catastrophes of analysis comparable to a national epidemic of collapsing bridges. Hardware designers creating chips based on the human brain are engaged in a faith-based undertaking likely to prove a fool’s errand. Despite recent claims to the contrary, we are no further along with computer vision than we were with physics when Isaac Newton sat under his apple tree. Those may sound like the [...]

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Predictive Coding for Rookies: E-Discovery in the Courtroom

By Sharon Nelson and John Simek
Discovery, as all lawyers know, is the process of collecting and exchanging information about the court case to prepare for the trial. Traditionally, this was done by many lawyers over countless billable hours in which every page of potential evidence was examined for important information. Because of this, the more information existed in reference to a case, the more expensive the case was. As technology developed, law firms began using computers to do keyword searches and conceptual searches. Unfortunately, there were problems including picking the right keywords or concepts, misspelled words, how to structure the items, and that these [...]

Friday, October 24, 2014

Are You Happy With Your eDiscovery Sourcing Decisions? (Cartoon and Clip)

The Cartoon and Clip of the Week for October 24, 2014

Daily we read, see and hear more and more about the cost, time and complexity factors that impact information governance and eDiscovery sourcing decisions. This week’s cartoon and clip features a contemplative look at post-decision stress syndrome (cartoon) and a short reminder of some of the key elements to consider when making important sourcing decisions (clip).


Cost, Time and Complexity in eDiscovery Sourcing

Click here to read about the challenge of balancing the business drivers of cost, time, and complexity in the sourcing of eDiscovery solutions.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Top 10 Reasons to Use Visual Classification

By Joe Howie
We are asked on a regular basis why organizations should use visual classification to manage their electronic and paper repositories for various information governance initiatives. Here’s a summary of how we respond: Hardware-scalable ingestion speed – for truly enterprise-scale collections.   Clusters ALL of an organization’s documents – scanned and native electronic – no partial solutions. Text independent – clusters even documents with no associated text or with poor-quality text.   Language agnostic – Norwegian documents cluster with English documents.   Self-forming clusters – no prior rules, no exemplars, no seed sets required to launch a project. [...]

Friday, October 17, 2014

Thinking Outside the Box in Information Governance and eDiscovery (Cartoon and Clip)

The Cartoon and Clip of the Week for October 17, 2014
Daily we read, see and hear more and more about technology developments that impact the areas of information governance and electronic discovery. This week’s cartoon and clip features a unique look at innovative thinking in these critical areas (cartoon) and quick reference links to six interesting blogs that regularly highlight the need to truly think about these critical areas (clip).


Six Interesting Blogs

Alphabetical Order
Click here to find a running listing of some of the latest postings on the topic of Technology-Assisted Review.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Measuring Recall in E-Discovery Review: A Tougher Problem Than You Might Realize – Part 1

By John Tredennick
A critical metric in Technology Assisted Review (TAR) is recall, which is the percentage of relevant documents actually found from the collection. One of the most compelling reasons for using TAR is the promise that a review team can achieve a desired level of recall (say 75% of the relevant documents) after reviewing only a small portion of the total document population (say 5%). The savings come from not having to review the remaining 95% of the documents. The argument is that the remaining documents (the “discard pile”) include so few that are relevant (against so many irrelevant documents) that further review is not economically justified.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Preserving Gmail for Dummies

By Craig Ball
I posted here  a year ago laying out a detailed methodology for collection and preservation of the contents of a Gmail account in the static form of a standard Outlook PST.  Try as I might to make it foolproof, downloading Gmail using IMAP and Outlook is tricky.  Happily since my post, the geniuses at Google introduced a truly simple, no-cost way to collect Gmail and other Google content for preservation and portability.  It sets a top flight example for online service providers, and presages how we may use the speed, power and flexibility of Google search as a culling mechanism [...]

Monday, October 13, 2014

e-Discovery Industry Reaction to Microsoft’s Offer to Purchase Equivio for $200 Million – Part One

By Ralph Losey
On Oct. 7, 2014, the Wall Street Journal reported that Microsoft had signed a letter of intent to buy what they called an Israel-based text analysis startup company named Equivio . The mainstream business press has virtually no understanding of the e-discovery industry, nor anything having to do with litigation support. They also seem to have no real grasp of what kind of software Equivio and others like it in the industry have created. They have probably never even heard of predictive coding! The business press for all of these reasons, and more, have no idea why Microsoft would pay $200 Million [...]

Thursday, October 9, 2014

The Business Impact of Pharmaceutical Side Effects (Cartoon and Clip)

The Cartoon and Clip of the Week for October 9, 2014

Daily we read, see and hear more and more about the health, legal and business developments in the pharmaceutical industry. This week’s cartoon and clip features a unique look at the retail sales impact of the pharmaceutical industry (cartoon) and a quick reference link to one of the most informational and timely resources on the pharmaceutical industry, FiercePharma (clip).

Click here to find a running listing of the latest pharmaceutical industry updates as shared on FiercePharma.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Best Practices: NearDup Identification

Lexbe provides eDiscovery software and services for legal professionals at law firms, corporations, and government agencies.  
Near duplicate identification, or ‘NearDup’, is a critically important eDiscovery function that can drastically increase the speed and quality of your review by grouping similar documents, maintaining email threads, retrieving unmarked ‘hot’ documents, and preventing the inadvertent release of critical privileged information. As document collections continue to grow, so does the risk of missing key documents, inconsistently coding productions, and releasing privileged information.
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Thursday, October 2, 2014

Proper Data Privacy and Security? (Cartoon and Clip)

The Cartoon and Clip of the Week for October 2, 2014

Daily we read, see and hear more and more about the latest privacy and data security breaches in consumer, corporate and governmental arenas. This week’s cartoon and clip features a unique approach to ensuring personal data security (cartoon) and a quick reference link to one of the most informational and timely resources on privacy and data security, the LXBN Privacy & Data Security Blog Channel (clip).

Click here to find a running listing of the latest privacy and security blog posts as shared on The LexBlog Network (LXBN).

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Chasing Data: An eDiscovery Report

By Shane Schick
Extract: Choosing an e-discovery solution means addressing several interconnected issues. Product demos can be impressive, but don’t be fooled: a tool’s features can be the least important factor for you to consider. KPMG Canada’s Dominic Jaar, partner and national practice leader, information management services, and David Sharpe, manager of e-discovery, offer some key questions you should endeavour to answer while exploring solutions.