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Information Governance: Not All Search Intent is Created Equal in e-Discovery

DominicBrown on ‎07-11-2014 08:03 AM

I am excited to share the news that EDRM, the leading standards organization for the e-Discovery market, just announced the release of the EDRM Search Intent Framework, a collaborative effort in which I led.


The term “search” is used loosely in records management, archiving, and e-Discovery. But not all searches are created equal. Some have more legal impact than others. For example, searches utilized to evaluate or size a matter, obtain specific documents or discrete pieces of information, or classify preselected documents, typically have minimal legal impact. Searches used to assert comprehensiveness and accuracy or withhold privileged documents, by contrast, have high legal impact.

Enterprise search, early case assessment, e-Discovery processing search functions, review system search functions, and even concept analysis or document clustering tools are all described as “search” in the context of the EDRM. However, few people realize that poor accuracy in one context is more consequential than it is in others.
The intent of any search is what determines the appropriate technology, process, or workflow that should be implemented and the level of scrutiny to be applied in determining “reasonable” success.

This is where the EDRM Search Intent Framework comes in. It was developed to define and document the different classes and subclasses of search intent that comprise the EDRM. See the illustration below which describes the three classes of search intent: Exploratory Class, Classification Class and Quality Control.







Who will benefit?

The EDRM Search Intent Framework will serve as a valuable tool for e-Discovery practitioners, consumers of e-Discovery technology, and other e-Discovery and Information Governance stakeholders for mapping the appropriate search workflow and associated search technologies to the different stages of the EDRM.


Moreover, HP Autonomy customers gain a unique benefit from the EDRM Search Intent Framework. HP Autonomy is one of the only vendors on the market that covers the breadth of the EDRM model from Information Management through e-Discovery processing.


For more information on the EDRM Search Intent Frameework visit the EDRM website or contact HP Autonomy today.




Read more posts on e-Discovery:

Information Governance: Upcoming 2015 FRCP Amendments: Strategic Advantage of Information Governance by Chris Surdak
Information Governance: The Trend Continues x2 - Leadership in eDiscovery and Archiving Portfolio by George Tziahanas


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Dominic Brown is VP of Information Governance HP Big Data. At HP, Mr. Brown employs his 15 years of legal and IT experience, along with HP Big Data’s unique technology, to help organizations address challenges with eDiscovery, compliance, and records management.

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