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).

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Evaluating Opposing Parties’ eDiscovery & Scanned Document Productions

By John Martin
Much has been written about how to use advanced tools to select and produce electronic discovery. However, for every producing party there is a requesting party that has to review and analyze the produced documents. While producing parties have detailed knowledge about what was searched, the limitations of any tools used, and the criteria used for selection, requesting parties lack this insight. They have to get a handle on what was in the current production and ideally compare productions from the same party in related matters or compare productions from comparable litigation. The Equalizer: Visual Classification.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Ennui: Have We Grown Weary of e-Discovery?

By Craig Ball
I love the word “ennui.” It’s from the French for vexing and describes a feeling of languor, lassitude and listlessness. It speaks of an agitation and weariness born of having seen it all before. I picture artists and writers from the Belle Époque or The Crawleys of Downton Abbey before the Great War. “Bring the smelling salts, Carson. Her Ladyship has the vapors again.” “Ennui” aptly describes what I’m seeing in the e-discovery world.  We are bored with e-discovery.  It hasn’t gone away, as some foolishly imagined it might.  Most have endured rather than embraced e-discovery.

Big Data Land Mines for Insurers To Avoid In 2015

By Kevin Petrie
Before data was big, Google was a verb, or Gordon Moore wrote his law, insurers were using math and statistics to predict the future. As early as the 2 nd millennia BC, Babylonian sea merchants paid lenders extra for a promise of help if their ship was to sink. They set prices by correlating data points to calculate the likelihood and potential cost of a disaster at sea. Data was sparse, and one would assume neither merchant nor lender consistently got a good deal. In 2015, property, casualty, life and health insurance companies are awash in data.

Friday, February 20, 2015

Visual Classification: An Emerging Foundational Technology for Information Governance Initiatives

This new technology overview provides an overview of new visual classification technology.  It is written for information governance technologists and practitioners who want to advise clients on the current state of the art.  It is also profitable for information governance stakeholders who want to undertake document-related information governance initiatives without the restrictions and limitations of prior technologies.
Click here for direct access to the PDF version of the technical overview on Visual Classification.
Click here to to learn more about BeyondRecognition.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

John Tredennick And Mark Noel Of Catalyst, On Technology Assisted Review

Many people are realizing that they have to change the way they work. And tools like technology assisted review are changing the way attorneys work. But it’s not going to replace them. TAR tools can quickly analyze millions of documents for subtle patterns, but only humans can decide what’s important to the case, or what stories the documents can tell. So these systems are hybrids: The machines do what they do best, and the humans do what they do best. There will be plenty of work to go around for skilled practitioners who know the tools and have the right skillsets.

Success Means Back to Basics for Content Management

One thing sticks out when looking across the wide world of information governance. People are tired of being thrust into the role of records manager. Even most of the records managers I know are tired of the role. There is too much to know and too many things to do that interrupt the flow of the day-to-day business. Automation has been a key goal for decades, but aside from high volume processing it has been the exception rather than the rule.
Auto-classification tools are advancing rapidly for declaring records. Microsoft showed its faith in the technology with its Equivio buy. OpenText is pushing the technology into email, sharing stories from the US Federal space with its at times staggering volume of email. Even the cloud vendors are jumping on board: Box announced plans to have auto-classification in its platform this year.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Sweep Reveals Scale of Cookie Consent Non-Compliance

By Katie McMullan
The results of an international investigation into the cookie consent practices of 478 websites frequently visited by European citizens have now been published. The outcome is perhaps unsurprising: cookies are used en masse by websites operating in Europe, their expiry dates are often excessive, and crucially, not enough is being done to provide notice and obtain valid consent for the use of cookies and other device identifying technologies. The specific websites that were investigated are not identified (as yet), however those selected were amongst the 250 most frequently visited by individuals within each member state taking part in the […]