eDiscovery Daily Blog

In addition to its software and professional services, CloudNine also provides extensive education to eDiscovery practitioners as highlighted by its publication of the eDiscovery Daily Blog. Authored and edited by industry expert Doug Austin, the eDiscovery Daily is the go-to resource for thousands of eDiscovery and eDisclosure professionals seeking to keep up with the latest news and case law in the world of digital discovery.
Thought Leader Q&A: Jim McGann of Index Engines
Thought Leader Q&A: Jim McGann of Index Engines 150 150 Doug Austin

Jim McGann is Vice President of Information Discovery for Index Engines. Jim has extensive experience with the eDiscovery and Information Management. He is currently contributing to the Sedona working group addressing electronic document retention and production. Jim is also a frequent speaker for industry organizations such as ARMA and ILTA, and has authored multiple articles for legal technology and information management publications.

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Thought Leader Q&A: Christine Musil of Informative Graphics Corporation
Thought Leader Q&A: Christine Musil of Informative Graphics Corporation 150 150 Doug Austin

Christine Musil is Director of Marketing for Informative Graphics Corporation, a viewing, annotation and content management software company based in Arizona. Informative Graphics makes several products including Redact-It, an electronic redaction solution used by law firms, corporate legal departments, government agencies and a variety of other professional service companies.

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eDiscovery Project Management: Data Gathering Plan, Schedule Collection
eDiscovery Project Management: Data Gathering Plan, Schedule Collection 150 150 Jane Gennarelli

We’ve already covered the first step of the data gathering plan: preparing a list of data sources of potentially relevant materials and identifying custodians. Now let’s fill out the plan. Here’s a step-by-step approach.

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eDiscovery Project Management: Data Gathering Plan, Identify Data Sources
eDiscovery Project Management: Data Gathering Plan, Identify Data Sources 150 150 Jane Gennarelli

One of the first electronic discovery tasks you’ll do for a case is to collect potentially responsive electronic documents from your client. Before you start that collection effort, you should prepare a data-gathering plan to ensure that you are covering all the bases. That plan should identify the locations from which data will be collected, who will collect the data, and a schedule for the collection effort.

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Announcing eDiscovery Thought Leader Q&A Series!
Announcing eDiscovery Thought Leader Q&A Series! 150 150 Doug Austin

eDiscovery Daily is excited to announce a new blog series of Q&A interviews with various eDiscovery thought leaders. Over the next three weeks, we will publish interviews conducted with six individuals with unique and informative perspectives on various eDiscovery topics. Mark your calendars for these industry experts!

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eDiscovery Case Study: Term List Searching for Deadline Emergencies!
eDiscovery Case Study: Term List Searching for Deadline Emergencies! 150 150 Doug Austin

“We thought we were going to have a month to review this data, but because of a judge’s ruling in the case, we now have to start depo prep for two key custodians on Monday for depositions now scheduled next week”, said Megan Moore, attorney with Steele Sturm, PLLC, in Houston. “We have to complete our review of their files this weekend.” So, what do you do when you have to conduct both a first pass and final review of the data in a weekend?

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eDiscovery Project Management: Preparing a Budget
eDiscovery Project Management: Preparing a Budget 150 150 Jane Gennarelli

Tuesday, we talked about putting together a “big picture plan” for your project. And, yesterday, we provided step-by-step instructions for preparing a schedule for a specific task and identifying the resources you’ll need. Now let’s talk about preparing a budget. Depending on the task, there may be a lot of cost components in your budget. For many projects — for example, a document review project — the biggest cost component will be people.

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eDiscovery Project Management: Identifying Resources and Preparing a Schedule
eDiscovery Project Management: Identifying Resources and Preparing a Schedule 150 150 Jane Gennarelli

Yesterday, we talked about putting together a “big picture plan” for your electronic discovery project. Now let’s move on to the nitty-gritty and get into resource, schedule, and budget details. You need to do detailed planning for each task that you listed in your big picture plan. This means calculating a schedule and a budget and determining the resources you will need.

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eDiscovery Project Management: “Big Picture” Planning
eDiscovery Project Management: “Big Picture” Planning 150 150 Jane Gennarelli

It is unlikely that any project will be successful without good planning – both “big picture” planning and the planning of specific tasks. First you need to look at the 10,000 foot view and identify all the pieces and how they fit together. Then you need to look at the specific pieces and prepare a plan for accomplishing each..

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eDiscovery Project Management: Applying Project Management Techniques to Electronic Discovery
eDiscovery Project Management: Applying Project Management Techniques to Electronic Discovery 150 150 Jane Gennarelli

All too often, electronic discovery projects fall apart. Deadlines are missed, costs exceed estimates, work product is flawed, and there aren’t good records of what was done. These problems can result in costs and hours that can’t be billed, dissatisfied clients, and in really bad situations, sanctions imposed by the court. In so many cases, the problems can be avoided – or at least minimized – if basic, “common sense” project management techniques are applied.

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