Standardizing Production in the E-Discovery Industry: Can it be Done?

One area of the electronic discovery process that is particularly time consuming and costly is the transfer of electronically stored information (ESI) to and from applications involved in different phases of the discovery process.  For example, if parties agree to produce electronic information in TIFF format, Excel Spreadsheets, PDFs and Outlook e-mails may be required to be converted to TIFF files.  The conversion to a single format can be extremely costly and time consuming.  In October 2007, the Electronic Discovery Reference Model (EDRM) announced a new Extensible Markup Language (XML) standard for the easy transfer of electronically stored information.

EDRM is an industry group that was created to develop practical standards for the e-discovery industry.  EDRM hopes that as the XML standard is adopted in the industry, the e-discovery process will become more efficient and effective as the movement and storage of electronically stored information becomes more streamlined. For a description of the XML standard, and for more helpful information, see this article from Newstex blog and LexisNexis.  And stay tuned to see if theory becomes reality with the proposed standard. 



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