The eDiscovery bubble – the lawyers and the discovery providers who manage eDiscovery all the time – tend to think of the world only in eDiscovery terms, that is, collecting, analysing, reviewing and producing documents and data for the purpose of complying with eDiscovery rules or the demands of regulators.
Some very sophisticated software tools have been developed to meet those demands, and it is good to be reminded that all that power and sophistication can usefully be applied to other things – anything where it is necessary to identify valuable data from the mass, to conduct analysis on it, and to share both the inputting and the results with others.
An extreme example appears in a video interview called iCONECT in Outer Space. Monica Bay, (Fellow, The Stanford Center for Legal Informatics (CodeX)) asks Ian Campbell, iCONECT’s President and CEO, what is the most interesting case in which iCONECT has been involved. Ian Campbell’s answer involves the 2003 Columbia Shuttle disaster: NASA had a vast quantity of data and needed to set a large team from around the world on the task of analysing it and reviewing it.
Those were early days, and NASA was surprised to learn that the data could be accessed and reviewed in iCONECT with no more than a web browser. What, they asked, about the people who were already in space – they had both time on their hands and a very strong personal incentive to identify the cause of the disaster. Ian Campbell explains in this video that the connection was made across space and the Shuttle’s occupants involved in the exercise.
There are a couple of other iCONECT videos which you might like to look at while you are there. One is a product review for iCONECT’s Enhanced Dashboard with comments from various players in the industry. One of them is me, pointing to the value of “anything which makes the review process something which people actually want to do, and personalises the review process, and makes it not just a drudge task”.
Lastly, it is worth pointing out that iCONECT has been in this business for 15 years. That is celebrated in a video called Celebrating 15 Years of Innovation in which significant players like Stephen Stewart, CTO of Nuix, and others congratulate iCONECT on its long run in the the eDiscovery industry, while Ian Campbell reflects on iCONECT’s developments in technology, in client support and in education over that time.