Ten Things in eDiscovery You Don’t Want to See: eDiscovery Best Practices

Don’t get me started! Dr. Gavin Manes of Avansic wrote a blog post about the ten things in eDiscovery that you don’t want to see. Fortunately, he also discussed what to do about them – to the extent possible, as some of the ten things in eDiscovery are easier to address than others!

The blog post (10 Things You Don’t Want to See in eDiscovery) discusses ten things in eDiscovery that you don’t want to see (duh!), and I can relate, as I’ve seen several of them and they can be a pain to address! Here are the first two:

DWG or CAD files: These don’t fit neatly into the 8.5×11 size that all of us think a document should be. There are layers and renderings and it’s difficult to determine how to present them in a data set comprised of other documents that do fit on a “page.” This is especially true for CAD drawings with multiple layers. Isolating to just the data needed for presentation can be very helpful. There may be instances where the opposing party has a viewer that can accept CAD files, in which case providing the native version is an easy solution.

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Select Email on a Macintosh: In this case, the difficulty is that email headers, messages, and attachments are stored separately. Common eDiscovery and forensics tools don’t understand the relationship between these fractured parts of an email. The solution is to re-create the email from its parts using a custom tool based on the data. Alternatively, if one has the Macintosh device it can be used to export email into PST or MBox format.

So, what are the other eight of the ten things in eDiscovery that you don’t want to see? Check out Gavin’s post here! Trust me, these are the types of challenges that can derail your eDiscovery project, so you’d rather learn about them now than run into them on your own!

So, what do you think? What are some of the things you can think of that you don’t want to see in eDiscovery? Please share any comments you might have or if you’d like to know more about a particular topic.

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