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).

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Turkeys, Thanksgiving and Predictive Coding (Cartoon and Clip)

The Cartoon and Clip of the Week for November 14, 2014

Daily we read, see and hear more and more about the opportunities, challenges and concerns associated with predictive coding. This week’s cartoon and clip highlights a visual depiction of two knowledge workers taking a random sampling approach to predictive coding (cartoon) and some considerations for thinking about the challenges associated with textual analytics-based technology-assisted review platforms. (clip).


Text and Non-Text Files in Information Governance and eDiscovery

When you are evaluating information governance and electronic discovery solutions do you ask your vendor/service provider the basic questions of:
1) Does your system or process identify both textual and non-textual ESI files?
2) How does your system or process index and classify non-textual ESI files? (Example: Image only PDFs.)
3) How does your system or process identify text within non-textual ESI files? (Example: Graphics with words published to an image only PDF.)
If your vendor/service provider cannot adequately answer these three simple questions, then you may want to consider the potential risk and exposure associated with not fully considering non-textual ESI in your information governance and eDiscovery efforts.  Additionally, if your vendor is relying on a non-automated process for classifying non-textual files, then you may not be using the most efficient approach for your information governance or eDiscovery efforts.
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