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A Basic eDiscovery Framework: One Way To Align Three Differing Approaches

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Organizing and Aligning Different Approaches to eDiscovery …

Organizing and Aligning Different Approaches to eDiscovery

With the goal of helping eDiscovery providers and consumers establish a basic framework for organizing and aligning the elements of three commonly referenced approaches to eDiscovery, the following Basic eDiscovery Offering Framework is provided for your consideration and use.

Basic eDiscovery Offering Framework

The Basic eDiscovery Offering Framework is designed to help eDiscovery professionals cohesively consider how to share and compare service and product information as it relates to the conduct of eDiscovery regardless of the steps, model or best practices used by practitioners. The framework was initiated as part of an exercise to align the step, model and best practice tasks highlighted in the following three commonly referred to eDiscovery approaches:

+ Arkfeld’s Best Practices Guide for Electronic Discovery and Evidence – Technology Steps (Michael Arkfeld)¹

+ The Electronic Discovery Reference Model – EDRM (EDRM)²

+ Electronic Discovery Best Practices – EDBP (Ralph Losey)³

The framework provides for a common, high level group of five categories that appear to span the spectrum of potential eDiscovery tasks and can be used to help organize and align underlying legal requirements and technological capabilities. These five categories and their definitions are as follows:

General eDiscovery Offering Categories

+ Plan: Proactive establishment and execution of tasks, techniques and procedures designed to maintain the integrity of electronically stored information (ESI) and facilitate the conduct of ESI discovery throughout the litigation lifecycle.

+ Preserve: The execution of tasks, techniques and procedures designed to keep ESI safe from danger or harm throughout the litigation lifecycle.

+ Prepare: The execution of tasks, techniques and procedures designed to make appropriate ESI ready for examination and evaluation.

+ Review: The execution of tasks, techniques and procedures designed to examine and evaluate ESI in relation to audit, investigation or litigation objectives.

+ Share: The tasks, techniques and procedures designed to allow others to use appropriate ESI as part of an audit, investigation or litigation.

In addition to these category definitions, the following clarifying definitions are provided to share the description and relationships between tasks, techniques and procedures.

Clarifying Definitions

+ Task: A definite and specific instance or act of work.

+ Technique: The method in which a task is accomplished.

Procedure: The sequence of actions or instructions to be followed in accomplishing a task or series of tasks.

Source: http://bit.ly/Sk0i0A

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¹ Michael R. Arkfeld, Arkfeld’s Best Practices Guide for Electronic Discovery and Evidence, 4.39(c), 72 (2010-11 Ed.)
² Electronic Discovery Reference Model, EDRM.net, 2012.
³ Ralph Losey, Electronic Discovery Best Practices, ED

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  1. eDiscovery  Offering  Framework   General  Categories   Plan   Preserve   Prepare   Review   Share   Framework  Defini.ons     Plan:  Proac9ve  establishment  and  execu9on  of  tasks,  techniques  and   procedures  designed  to  maintain  the  integrity  of  electronically  stored   informa9on  (ESI)  and  facilitate  the  conduct  of  ESI  discovery  throughout  the   li9ga9on  lifecycle.       Preserve:  The  execu9on  of  tasks,  techniques  and  procedures  designed  to  keep   ESI  safe  from  danger  or  harm  throughout  the  li9ga9on  lifecycle.       Prepare:    The  execu9on  of  tasks,  techniques  and  procedures  designed  to  make   appropriate  ESI  ready  for  examina9on  and  evalua9on.         Review:    The  execu9on  of  tasks,  techniques  and  procedures  designed  to   examine  and  evaluate  ESI  in  rela9on  to  audit,  inves9ga9on  or  li9ga9on   objec9ves.       Share:    The  tasks,  techniques  and  procedures  designed  to  allow  others  to  use   appropriate  ESI  as  part  of  an  audit,  inves9ga9on  or  li9ga9on.     Addi.onal  Defini.ons     Task:    A  definite  and  specific  instance  or  act  of  work.       Technique:    The  method  in  which  a  task  is  accomplished.       Procedure:    The  sequence  of  ac9ons  or  instruc9ons  to  be  followed  in   accomplishing  a  task  or  series  of  tasks.         Source:    A  Basic  eDiscovery  Framework:  One  Way  To  Align  Three  Differing  Approaches.  ComplexDiscovery.com,  2012.  
  2. Basic  eDiscovery  Offering  Framework   General  Categories   Plan   Preserve   Prepare   Review   Share   Arkfeld’s  Best  Prac9ces  Guide  for  Electronic  Discovery  and  Evidence  ¹   Legal  Hold   Iden9fy   Filter   Review   Disclosure   Readiness           Triggering   Preserve   Convert   Analyze   Form  of   Event         Forms   Legal  Hold   Collect   Present   Process       Electronic  Discovery  Reference  Model  (EDRM)  ²   Informa9on   Iden9fica9on   Processing   Review   Produc9on   Management           Preserva9on   Analysis   Presenta9on         Collec9on     Electronic  Discovery  Best  Prac9ces  (EDBP)  ³   Li9ga9on     Hold  No9ces   Coopera9on   Culling   Produc9ons   Readiness           Interviews   Computer   Evidence     Assisted     Review   Collec9ons     Protec9ons     ¹    Michael  R.  Arkfeld,  Arkfeld’s  Best  Prac.ces  Guide  for  Electronic  Discovery  and  Evidence,  4.39(c),  72  (2010-­‐11  Ed.)   ²    Electronic  Discovery  Reference  Model,  EDRM.net,  2012.   ³    Ralph  Losey,  Electronic  Discovery  Best  Prac.ces,  EDBP.com,  2012.  

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