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Time for Another Legaltech Word Cloud(Nine): eDiscovery Trends

See what I did there?  ;o)  Yes, it’s Legalweek®!  And, Legaltech® starts tomorrow!  But, if you were to look at our latest word cloud, maybe the show should be called “Legaldata”?  Or maybe “Legalpriv”?

In some past years, we’ve covered InsideLegal’s word cloud and they’ve been creating a word cloud every year since 2011, which is the first year that eDiscovery Daily started covering the show – this is our tenth(!).  As of last Friday, they hadn’t done one yet this year, so we decided to create our own word cloud, using our CloudNine Review™ software platform.  In our own unscientific way.  Here’s what I did:

First, I opened up every main conference session on the Legaltech site (don’t get me started, and, you’re welcome!) and copied and pasted the descriptions into a text file.  Then, I stripped out as much extraneous text as I could (e.g., dates, speaker and firm names, etc.) to get to core descriptions of the sessions.  Then, I loaded the descriptions into our Review platform to create an index of the top 100 terms and a word cloud.  Simple enough?

So, what did we find?  Some quick observations:

  • Obviously, for a legal technology show, you would expect the terms “legal” and “technology” to be up there at the top. And, “legal” was the top term, with 87  But, “technology” wasn’t the second most popular term or even the third most popular one.  The term “data” was second in total hits with 69.  And, the term “privacy” was third with 42 hits.  This is why I suggested (tongue-in-cheek) that we rename the show “Legaldata” or “Legalpriv”.  The term “technology” was fourth with only 31 hits.
  • Terms five, six and seven in the list were “information” (28 hits), “business” (27) and “session” (26). So, maybe I didn’t strip ALL the extraneous text.
  • Other notable terms were “analytics” (eighth at 25 hits), “implications” (tied for ninth at 21 hits), “protection” (tied for fourteenth at 16 hits) and “automation”, “compliance” and “ediscovery” (all tied for sixteenth at 14 hits).

You can look at the word cloud above and make your own observations.  Starting tomorrow, for the tenth year in a row, we will point out sessions related to eDiscovery (as well as Information Governance, Cybersecurity and Data Privacy), so you can plan on which sessions to attend.

Just a reminder, CloudNine will be once again exhibiting at Legaltech, at booth 3000 in America’s Hall 2.  And, we’re once again excited to be co-sponsoring the annual #DrinkswithDougandMary cocktail reception with Mary Mack, Kaylee Walstad and the rest of the EDRM team!  This is our fourth year and we’re grateful to Marc Zamsky and Compliance Discovery for co-sponsoring as well.  It will once again be at Ruth’s Chris Steak house and will happen Wednesday, February 5 from 4-6pm.  You can register to attend here.  And, as I told you on Wednesday, we will be conducting another NineForum education series of TED-talk discussions from our booth, so please check that out as well!

So, what do you think?  Are you attending Legaltech this week?  If so, please feel free to stop by our booth!  And, as always, please share any comments you might have or if you’d like to know more about a particular topic.

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