This issue of The Discovery Update has some excellent articles about different facets of eDiscovery, written by experts in the field. I hope you enjoy them.
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Wearable Tech Data as Evidence in the Courtroom
By Nicole L. Black
When I first started writing about the importance of social media to lawyers in the mid-2000s, it was an uphill battle to convince lawyers that social media should matter to them. It wasn’t until social media began cropping up in cases a few years later, both as the medium for the commission of crimes and as evidence in courtrooms, that interest in social media suddenly increased. When this began to happen, it was a turning point. Lawyers were suddenly much more amenable to learning about social media and how they could use it to better represent their clients.
Interestingly enough, I’ve encountered a similar phenomenon when it comes to wearable technology. I first started writing about it a little over a year ago and most lawyers seemed to think it was simply a passing fad. Read full article
Sorting Out the Real Cost and Value of E-Discovery Technology
By Jeremy Pickens
There has been a bit of talk lately in the e-discovery echo chamber about fixed-price models for processing, hosting, review, and productions. The purported goal of this discussion was to create a stir and drum up business. Yet conspicuously absent from this entire discussion was talk of total cost, aka value. I am the research scientist at Catalyst, so typically I do not get involved in discussions like this. However, as there still seems to be a great deal of confusion over value, I felt the need to help sort all this out.
First, a bit of my background. I have spent the last 18 years of my professional life developing and applying algorithms to the task of finding relevant information. Currently, I am the senior applied research scientist at Catalyst. I obtained my Ph.D. in computer science with a focus on information retrieval (search engines) from the Center for Intelligent Information Retrieval (CIIR) at UMass Amherst in 2004. I did a postdoc at King’s College University of London and then spent five years at the Fuji Xerox research lab in Palo Alto (FXPAL) before joining Catalyst in 2010.