It’s been 10 years since the introduction of the Electronic Discovery Reference Model (EDRM). At its core (EDRM) was designed to provide structure and organization to an emerging world of Electronic Discovery. The workflow provided a very straight forward linear way to deal with data to an industry that had been primarily dealing with paper. With a huge choice in software that can handle data, the work flow may need some adjusting.
Using applications like Early Data Analyzer, Law PreDiscovery and Concordance Evolution have made a linear approach somewhat outdated. EDA acts as a gate keeper that lets you filter out non relevant data without copying files, resulting in saving time and money. Evolution allows users to review data without having the data exported out of LAW.
Law PreDiscovery’s role becomes more prominent in the workflow. As the processing tool it becomes the center of the discovery universe. Having the ability to import the data EDA has identified and exported, it now acts as the repository for all the relevant data that needs to be reviewed. Once in Law, the data can be processed further if needed or it can be imported and synced by Evolution. Using this approach changes the linear dynamic to a workflow that is focused on moving only relevant data back and forth between all three applications. This helps reduce data hops saving time and money. To the uninitiated the EDRM is a great starting point until a workflow is developed to handle the specific needs of your end users and case.