Loading Comes First

Loading Comes First in DIY Discovery: eDiscovery Best Practices

I know you’re probably thinking “duh, I know that loading comes first in do-it yourself (DIY) discovery!” But how you conduct the loading of your data and how you verify it was loaded correctly? Avansic provides a blog post that tells you how to maximize your data loading experience!

Their blog post (So, You Want DIY eDiscovery? First Up Loading) discusses the biggest challenge of loading data yourself is determining what type of data you have. Is it raw native? Or processed data? And what exactly are those?

Raw native is generally a mix of files like PDFs and Excel documents, and sometimes PSTs. Processed data is either load files or productions, typically in OPT, DAT, or CSV files which may contain images, text files, or native files. An easy way to tell the difference between raw native and processed data is file names – processed will have sequential file names where raw data will not.


We discuss so much about loading and processing native data, but many productions being received and loaded into an eDiscovery platform are still comprised of processed data with load files, so it’s great to see a post that addresses the considerations about loading processed data as well – it’s just as important! As is quality control of the data that’s loaded, regardless of format! You know that loading comes first in DIY discovery, but it’s important to know all the ins and outs to successfully loading the data!

So, what do you need to know about loading data in an eDiscovery platform, besides the fact that loading comes first? Check out Avansic’s post here! Might save you a ton of rework!

So, what do you think? Do you conduct your own eDiscovery? If not, why not? Please share any comments you might have or if you’d like to know more about a particular topic.

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