Understanding TAR

Understanding TAR Review Technology Involves Several Components: eDiscovery Best Practices

We all know (or should know) that technology-assisted review (TAR) software can save money, time, and manpower in the litigation discovery process. But many people still haven’t embraced TAR. As Kirsten Hobson of Sandline discusses, understanding TAR review technology involves several components and it’s the understanding of each of those components that is key toward embracing the technology.

In her article Understanding Review Technology, Kirsten Brandon discusses the key to getting the most out of TAR software, which is ensuring that everyone in the discovery chain embraces the system. Obviously, to embrace TAR involves understanding TAR in the first place. But what does that mean? That means understanding: 1) the review technology, 2) the potential of the technology, 3) the review workflow, 4) the limitations of the technology and 5) learning from failures in the system. Understanding and learning within each of these areas is key to understanding TAR.

So, what do you need to know about each of the components above? I won’t steal Sandline’s (and Kirsten’s) thunder, you can check out the article here on the specifics. We fear what we don’t understand!  🙂


Or at least we fear what we think we don’t understand. In one of my posts tomorrow, I’m going to take a look at a high-profile example of how many professionals out there don’t understand keyword searching either (even though they think they do). Stay tuned!

So, what do you think?  What do you think are barriers to understanding TAR for legal professionals?  Please share any comments you might have or if you’d like to know more about a particular topic.

Disclosure: Sandline is an Educational Partner and sponsor of eDiscovery Today

BTW, Kirsten’s article was just published this week, the date at the top is incorrect.


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