It can be quite difficult keeping up with those who sponsor the eDisclosure Information Project, quite apart from the wider eDiscovery/eDisclosure market. Some of them seem to assume that I pick up news by some magical process; others broadcast little because they are just getting on with an increasing flow of work; yet others have so much news that it is hard to keep up with them. In parallel with market news comes an ever-denser flow of information and discussion about rules and cases, plus thoughtful analysis of the directions we should be going in to improve the eDiscovery process. It all gets filtered at this end anyway, not so much by my subjective view of what is important but because I feel I owe you more than merely copying and pasting press releases; that inevitably reduces the number of articles in a week, even without the interruption of six weeks’ near-continuous travel such as I have just completed.
Equivio sends out a regular update and keeps its press releases in good order on its website – perhaps this is what one should expect from a company which specialises in making it easy to find the information you actually want. Equivio also keeps what it calls an Installed Base page – the “growing list” referred to in my title. LDM Global similarly keeps me well informed, and nobody keeps up a better flow of information, both about its own activities and about the wider eDiscovery world, than Applied Discovery.
For today’s purposes, Equivio provides the connection between these very different companies. Equivio’s Relevance product is its contribution to the predictive coding, or Technology Assisted Review, market which is as significant in discussions about rules and procedure as it is in pure market terms. I will not stop here to explain why this technology, in its various forms from a growing number of providers, is exciting debate – I write about it a lot, and an article called Search, Forward by US Magistrate Judge Andrew Peck (free registration required) suffices to explain why it is important (type the word “predictive” into the search box opposite for my own heavily hyperlinked articles on the subject).
Equivio was producing the tools to identify and eliminate duplicative and redundant data long before Equivio>Relevance was born, and was already well-known for its near-duplicate and e-mail threading software. These remain critical components in accelerating the review process by grouping together documents with common characteristics so that they can be reviewed together and, where appropriate, tagged en bloc. You do not need great technical knowledge as a lawyer conducting document review to appreciate the value of putting under one hand all documents whose content is very similar or which form part of the same e-mail thread.
It is these latter technologies which LDM Global has taken on board for its London and worldwide clients – press releases here from both Equivio and LDM Global. The press release says that LDM Global is using Equivio’s technology “as a standard component within its comprehensive electronic discovery and data processing services”. What that really means is “we use this technology to find the stuff you don’t really need to look at more than once”. The thing to understand about these Equivio products is that they can be used irrespective of the chosen review tool and, indeed, for cases which never make it to review because the controlled shrinking of the data enables early decisions to be made, including prompt settlement.
I have already written about Applied Discovery’s adoption of Equivio>Relevance earlier this year. That article was concerned mainly with some of the misunderstandings which can arise in relation to the use of this kind of technology. Applied Discovery includes what they have called predictive tagging in their Leverage Suite. Equivio ‘s press release about it is here, and Applied Discovery’s information page about Leverage is here, with detailed explanations of each component of Leverage in a function-by-function index here.
That page also provides a link which allows you to sign up for Applied Discovery’s weekly guide to eDiscovery news. I receive several such compilations, and this is the one I would keep if I decided to cut down the inflow of information.