Questions You Have About eDiscovery. Answers from a CAT: eDiscovery Best Practices

Catherine “Cat” Casey, that is.  eDiscovery can certainly be confusing to a lot of people out there and it’s easy to find yourself writing at a level where you think they audience understands certain eDiscovery concepts.  But, a lot of legal professionals out there don’t understand a lot of concepts that others of us take for granted.  So, here’s a blog post from “Cat” that discusses eDiscovery topics that you may need to know, but about which you may be afraid to ask.

The post on the EDRM blog is titled All The Things You Want To Know About Ediscovery But Are Too Afraid To Ask, and it’s written by Cat Casey, who is the Chief Innovation Officer for DISCO.  Even includes a logo that contains a black cat shooting laser beams out of its eyes (it is getting close to Halloween, after all).  Cat notes that, even as a 15 year veteran in the industry, she finds herself “occasionally chuckling about being completely wrong about a data quirk or turn of phrase” she thought she knew.  So, to “save you the embarrassment, or just to offer you a few nuggets of wisdom”, she identifies “the top 10 questions I wish I had asked sooner in my ediscovery journey.”  They are:

  • What is really happening in the eDiscovery process?
  • What does ESI actually mean?
  • What is structured data? (and perhaps more importantly, what is unstructured data?)
  • Where do I find relevant data?
  • How big is a GIG of data?
  • What is a custodian?
  • What is the difference between cloud and on-premise?
  • When should you use (Technology Assisted Review) TAR or (Artificial Intelligence) AI?

I know what you’re thinking – that’s only eight questions.  But, wait there’s more – Cat says she has “another handful of seemingly straightforward yet deceptively complex ediscovery questions in the next installment of ‘questions we are too afraid to ask about ediscovery.’”  So, it looks like you’ll get your ten questions and more – be patient.


Want Cat’s answers and explanations to address the questions above?  Click here to read her post.

So, what do you think?  What are other questions that people should know about eDiscovery that they may not realize they should know?  Please share any comments you might have or if you’d like to know more about a particular topic.

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