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Brad Jenkins

Brad Jenkins, President and CEO of CloudNine Discovery, has over 20 years of experience leading customer focused companies in the litigation support arena. Brad has authored many articles on litigation support issues, and has spoken before national audiences on document management practices and solutions.

Doug Austin

Doug Austin, Professional Services Manager for CloudNine Discovery, has over 20 years experience providing legal technology consulting and technical project management services to numerous commercial and government clients. Doug has also authored several articles on eDiscovery best practices.

Jane Gennarelli

Jane Gennarelli is a principal of Magellan’s Law Corporation and has been assisting litigators in effectively handling discovery materials for over 30 years. She authored the company’s Best Practices in a Box™ content product and assists firms in applying technology to document handling tasks. She is a known expert and often does webinars and presentations for litigation support professionals around the country. Jane can be reached by email at jane@litigationbestpractices.com.

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eDiscovery Throwback Thursdays - Circa 1978, We Lived in a World of Paper

July 24, 2014

By Jane Gennarelli

Back before desktops, laptops and tablets, the business world meant paper. Lots of paper. And that meant that litigation preparation activities revolved around paper. Here's how the phases of discovery were handled, prior to the early 1980s.

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Perhaps the Most Recognized Standard in eDiscovery Just Got a Facelift - eDiscovery Trends

May 22, 2014

By Doug Austin

Probably the most recognized standard in a very unstandardized industry is the Electronic Discovery Reference Model (EDRM) diagram. For only the second time since it was originally published in 2006, the diagram has been updated.

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300,000 Visits on eDiscovery Daily! - eDiscovery Milestones

May 06, 2014

By Doug Austin

While we haven’t served over 300 billion burgers like McDonald’s, we have provided something to digest each business day for over 43 months. We’re proud to announce that on Friday, eDiscovery Daily reached the 300,000 visit milestone! It took us a little over 21 months to reach 100,000 visits and just over 22 months to triple that to 300,000! When we reach key milestones, we like to take a look back at some of the recent stories we’ve covered, so, in case you missed them, here are some recent eDiscovery items of interest from the past six weeks.

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How Do You Dispose of "Digital Debris"? EDRM Has Answers - eDiscovery Best Practices

April 30, 2014

By Doug Austin

In 2012, the Compliance, Governance and Oversight Council (CGOC) released survey results indicating that nearly 70 percent of organizational information has no legal or business value and that, for most organizations, information volume doubles every 18-24 months. Now, EDRM, in collaboration with the CGOC, has released a new white paper to address growing concerns related to the amount and substance of electronic data currently created and stored.

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George Socha of Socha Consulting LLC – eDiscovery Trends

March 10, 2014

By Doug Austin

Today’s thought leader is George Socha. A litigator for 16 years, George is President of Socha Consulting LLC, offering services as an electronic discovery expert witness, special master and advisor to corporations, law firms and their clients, and legal vertical market software and service providers in the areas of electronic discovery and automated litigation support. George has also been co-author of the leading survey on the electronic discovery market, The Socha-Gelbmann Electronic Discovery Survey; in 2011, he and Tom Gelbmann converted the Survey into Apersee, an online system for selecting eDiscovery providers and their offerings. In 2005, he and Tom Gelbmann launched the Electronic Discovery Reference Model project to establish standards within the eDiscovery industry – today, the EDRM model has become a standard in the industry for the eDiscovery life cycle and there are nine active projects with over 300 members from 81 participating organizations. George has a J.D. for Cornell Law School and a B.A. from the University of Wisconsin – Madison.

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eDiscovery Conference for Small to Medium Cases - eDiscovery Trends

March 04, 2014

By Doug Austin

Last week, I told you about a two-day program being hosted in my hometown of Houston by The Sedona Conference®. Here is another conference that you can attend no matter where you are, for a very reasonable price!

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Tom Gelbmann of Gelbmann & Associates, LLC - eDiscovery Trends

February 27, 2014

By Doug Austin

Today’s thought leader is Tom Gelbmann. Tom is Principal of Gelbmann & Associates, LLC. Since 1993, Gelbmann & Associates, LLC, is a consulting practice serving the legal services industry. Tom has an extensive record of working with law firms, corporate counsel and legal services providers as a consultant, advisor, project manager, and has also held the CIO position at two major law firms. Tom has also been co-author of the leading survey on the electronic discovery market, The Socha-Gelbmann Electronic Discovery Survey; in 2011 he and George Socha converted the Survey into Apersee, an online system for selecting eDiscovery providers and their offerings. In 2005, he and George Socha launched the Electronic Discovery Reference Model project to establish standards within the eDiscovery industry – today, the EDRM model has become a standard in the industry for the eDiscovery life cycle.

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EDRM Updates Privacy & Security Risk Reduction Model – eDiscovery Best Practices

February 17, 2014

By Doug Austin

As they announced last week, the Electronic Discovery Reference Model (EDRM) announced the reintroduction and refinement of its Privacy & Security Risk Reduction Model (PSRRM). Initially introduced last September by EDRM’s Data Set group (and covered on this blog here), the model provides a process for reducing the volume of private, protected and risky data by using a series of steps applied in sequence as part of the information management, identification, preservation and collection phases of the Electronic Discovery Reference Model.

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ESI Cost Budget Calculator - eDiscovery Best Practices

January 28, 2014

By Doug Austin

Last month, we discussed budget calculators available from the Metrics section of the Electronic Discovery Reference Model (EDRM) web site. So far, we have reviewed three budget calculators, the E-Discovery Cost Estimator for Processing and Review, the Doc Review Cost Calculator and the EDRM UTBMS eDiscovery Code Set Calculator. Here is the fourth and final calculator (currently) on the site, the ESI Cost Budget Calculator, provided by Browning Marean, DLA Piper law firm.

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EDRM UTBMS eDiscovery Code Set Calculator - eDiscovery Best Practices

January 09, 2014

By Doug Austin

Last month, we discussed budget calculators available from the Metrics section of the Electronic Discovery Reference Model (EDRM) web site. So far, we have reviewed two of the budget calculators, beginning with the E-Discovery Cost Estimator for Processing and Review workbook provided by Julie Brown at Vorys law firm and the Doc Review Cost Calculator provided by an eDiscovery vendor. Today, we will continue our review of the calculators with a look at the EDRM UTBMS eDiscovery Code Set Calculator provided by Browning Marean, DLA Piper law firm; and George Socha, Socha Consulting (and, of course, co-founder of EDRM).

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Cost Calculator for Document Review - eDiscovery Best Practices

January 03, 2014

By Doug Austin

A couple of weeks ago, we discussed budget calculators available from the Metrics section of the Electronic Discovery Reference Model (EDRM) web site and, two days later, began a review of the budget calculators, beginning with the E-Discovery Cost Estimator for Processing and Review workbook provided by Julie Brown at Vorys law firm. Today, we will continue our review of the calculators with a look at the Doc Review Cost Calculator.

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Vorys Project Ballpark Cost Estimator for ESI Processing and Review - eDiscovery Best Practices

December 19, 2013

By Doug Austin

On Tuesday, we discussed budget calculators available from the Metrics section of the Electronic Discovery Reference Model (EDRM) web site. Today, we will begin a more in-depth discussion of the budget calculators, beginning with the E-Discovery Cost Estimator for Processing and Review workbook provided by Julie Brown at Vorys law firm.

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Want to Estimate your eDiscovery Budget? Use One of These Calculators - eDiscovery Best Practices

December 17, 2013

By Doug Austin

It has been a busy year for the Electronic Discovery Reference Model (EDRM). In addition to announcing a transition to nonprofit status by May 2014, since the May annual meeting, several EDRM projects have already announced new deliverables and/or requested feedback. Now, another resource is available via the EDRM site – Budget Calculators!

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Useful eDiscovery Information Resources: The Basics

November 20, 2013

By Jane Gennarelli

Let’s start with a few basic resources that every eDiscovery professional should know about. These are web resources that you should bookmark; resources with content that you need to know; resources that you should check periodically for updates. If you are not yet familiar with these resources, spend a bit of time learning the content. Once you are familiar with that, check them periodically for updates. Don’t lose track of these! They are essential resources for eDiscovery professionals.

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Another New Deliverable from EDRM – eDiscovery Trends

November 14, 2013

By Doug Austin

Do you know what container files are? How about the L600 Code Series? Do you know common methods for culling data? What about the difference between a targeted and non-targeted collection strategy? If you don’t know the answer to these and many other questions related to eDiscovery, you should check out the latest deliverable from the Electronic Discovery Reference Model (EDRM) Metrics team, the EDRM Metrics Glossary.

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EDRM Publishes Collection Standards – eDiscovery Trends

November 01, 2013

By Doug Austin

On the heels of announcing a transition to nonprofit status by May 2014, the Electronic Discovery Reference Model (EDRM) has now introduced Collection Standards for electronically stored information (ESI) for public comment.

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Transitional Times for Two Big Names in eDiscovery – eDiscovery Trends

October 29, 2013

By Doug Austin

The more things change, the more they stay the same. Even for popular entities such as EDRM and the eDJ Group.

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For Successful Discovery, Think Backwards – eDiscovery Best Practices

October 08, 2013

By Doug Austin

The Electronic Discovery Reference Model (EDRM) has become the standard model for the workflow of the process for handling electronically stored information (ESI) in discovery. But, to succeed in discovery, regardless whether you’re the producing party or the receiving party, it might be helpful to think about the EDRM model backwards.

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Five More Things to Know Before Moving eDiscovery to the Cloud – eDiscovery Best Practices

October 01, 2013

By Doug Austin

Yesterday, we covered the first five items in Joel Jacob’s article in Information Management.com (10 Things to Know Before Moving E-Discovery to the Cloud), which provides an interesting checklist for those considering a move to cloud computing. Here are the remaining five items, with some comments from me.

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10 Things to Know Before Moving eDiscovery to the Cloud – eDiscovery Best Practices

September 30, 2013

By Doug Austin

Software as a Service (SaaS) accounted for 49 percent of all eDiscovery software revenues tracked in 2011, according to Gartner’s report, Market Trends: Automated, Analytical Approaches Drive the Enterprise E-Discovery Software Market. Joel Jacob’s article in Information Management.com (10 Things to Know Before Moving E-Discovery to the Cloud) provides an interesting checklist for those considering a move to cloud computing. Here they are, with some comments from me.

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A Model for Reducing Private Data – eDiscovery Best Practices

September 24, 2013

By Doug Austin

Since the Electronic Discovery Reference Model (EDRM) annual meeting just four short months ago in May, several EDRM projects (Metrics, Jobs, Data Set and the new Native Files project) have already announced new deliverables and/or requested feedback. Now, the Data Set project has announced another new deliverable – a new Privacy Risk Reduction Model.

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eDiscovery Daily is Three Years Old!

September 20, 2013

By Doug Austin

We’ve always been free, now we are three! It’s hard to believe that it has been three years ago today since we launched the eDiscoveryDaily blog. We’re past the “terrible twos” and heading towards pre-school. Before you know it, we’ll be ready to take our driver’s test! Here are some posts over the last six months you may have missed.

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