Information Governance (InfoGovernance) is the specification of decision rights and an accountability framework to encourage desirable behavior in the valuation, creation, storage, use, archiving and deletion of information. It includes the processes, roles, standards and metrics that ensure the effective and efficient use of information to enable an organization to achieve its goals. Information governance should be an element in planning an enterprise's information architecture.

(Gartner Hype Cycle for Legal and Regulatory Information Governance, 2009, December 2009).

An Engagement Area (EA) is an area where the commander of a military force intends to contain and destroy an enemy force with the massed effects of all available weapons systems.

(FM 1-02, Operational Terms and Graphics, September 2004).

Saturday, December 20, 2014

In Legal Search Exact Recall Can Never Be Known – Part One

By Ralph Losey
“Uncertainty is an uncomfortable position. But certainty is an absurd one.” VOLTAIRE In legal search you can never know exactly what recall level you have attained. You can only know a probable range of recall. For instance, you can never know that you have attained 80% recall, but you can know that you have attained between 70% and 90% recall. Even the range is a probable range, not certain. Exact knowledge of recall is impossible because there are too many documents in legal search to ever know for certain how many of them are relevant, and how many are irrelevant. I […]

Friday, December 19, 2014

The Cloud in 2015: Predictions from Greylock and Sequoia

By Kamal Shah
It’s always fun (and a bit humbling) to look back at predictions for the current year to see which were spot on and which missed the mark. In reexamining our own predictions for 2014 , several came to fruition in full effect: “The rise of SMACS,” “Enterprises regain control of encryption keys,” and “Data security re-emerges.” Other transformations are underway but not quite complete: “Unencrypted data will start to disappear” and “IT stops blocking cloud services over outdated risks.” One prediction sets itself apart as the defining IT trend of 2014: “The rush to adopt cloud services will drown […]

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Basic Assumptions Gone Wrong: ECM and Document Unitization

By John Martin
Many times it’s the hidden assumptions, the ones that are never made explicit or never periodically confirmed, that can cause the most damage when they’re wrong. In Information Governance and Enterprise Content Management one of the most basic assumptions is that there is one logical document per file with electronic records, and one logical unit per physical document in the paper world. Wrong.
Nowadays practically everybody can take multiple documents from word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation applications, and combine them in one large PDF, and scanning operations routinely set incorrect document boundaries. […]

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Market Considerations for eDiscovery and Information Governance (Cartoon and Clip)

The Cartoon and Clip of the Week for December 17, 2014

Daily we read, see and hear more and more about the increasing need for task effective and cost efficient eDiscovery and information governance technologies. This week’s cartoon and clip highlights one cost driver for these technologies (cartoon) and provides a podcast overview from the Legal Talk Network on potential issues and trends in these important markets (clip).


Issues and Trends in eDiscovery and Information Governance

Podcast from Digital Detectives with Sharon Nelson and John Simek
As lawyers, we hear a lot about the technological advances in eDiscovery and information governance. How do you describe the current state of eDiscovery from an opportunity and growth perspective, and how does this market opportunity impact the pulse rate of mergers, acquisitions, and investments? For lawyers purchasing eDiscovery packages, there are several types of vendors and pricing models, and they need to be asking the right questions. What does the data governance solution need to do, how much does it cost, what are the time constraints, and how complex is the system?
Click here for the podcast from the following Legal Talk Network podcast.

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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Best Practices: Forms of Production

By Lexbe
Click here for the Lexbe webinar Best Practices: Forms of Production. 
Lexbe provides eDiscovery software and services for legal professionals at law firms, corporations, and government agencies.  
Whether producing in Native, TIFF, PDF, or a blended format, discovery productions are fraught with potential challenges and obstacles that can foil your ability to meet deadlines and satisfy discovery requirements. Avoid common pitfalls and discover innovative solutions to flawlessly execute your production.
Click here for a demonstration of Lexbe eDiscovery Platform features, a 15 day trial, or for any additional information.
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Friday, December 12, 2014

eDiscovery Vendor Viability: Comparisons Beyond Technology and Talent

By Rob Robinson
In an effort to help eDiscovery decision makers evaluate and compare both the immediate and long term success potential of electronic discovery vendors, the following considerations, shared in a formulaic manner to allow for objective comparison of subjective evaluation criteria, are provided for your review.  The author is well aware that there are many considerations required to truly evaluate electronic discovery vendors and the following  considerations represent one view of how one can evaluate/compare vendors beyond just the “feature and function and pricing” of services and products.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

The Impact Of Privacy Liability (Cartoon and Clip)

The Cartoon and Clip of the Week for December 10, 2014

Daily we read, see and hear more and more about the challenges associated with privacy regulation and liability. This week’s cartoon and clip highlights one public example of holiday related privacy violations (cartoon) and provides a link to an article on the increasing involvement of federal regulatory agencies in applying privacy law (clip).


Safe & Sound: A Privacy and Security Blog

Click here to find the latest privacy and security advice for companies from the Safe & Sound Privacy and Security Blog of Quarles and Brady.