Resources

E-discovery is a rapidly changing field, so weíve included a list of FAQs and key terms.

But we also understand that sometimes an in-person explanation is in order. Therefore, Avansic offers a variety of ways to learn more, both about the e-discovery industry and about us. We have Continuing Legal Education seminars as well as presentations designed for both introductory and advanced audiences; click here for a list of our CLE and Presentation offerings.

Our team also provides customized presentations for professional organizations, conferences, and meetings. Call (888) 808-0337 to schedule a CLE seminar or presentation for your group.

History

E-discovery handles data from digital devices during litigation.

Discovery has traditionally been performed using paper, but it can be difficult to assign paper-like characteristics to digital documents. For example, Excel spreadsheets may contain formulas that are not apparent when printed, as well as containing hundreds of rows and columns that are not easy to fit on paper. Software programs capture additional information, called metadata, about a userís interaction that does not appear in a printout. For example, Microsoft Word stores a great deal of editing history and user information.

Digital evidence provides accurate and detailed information in the majority of modern court cases.

George Socha and Tom Gelbmann created a standard work flow to help guide legal professionals through the process called the "Electronic Discovery Reference Model" (EDRM). This model provides guidelines for the Identification, Preservation, Processing, Production, and Presentation of electronic information during litigation.

E-Discovery vs. Digital Forensics

ESI processing encompasses the fields of e-discovery and digital forensics. E-Discovery works to filter and convert data into a reduced set of usable documents for attorney review. Digital forensics is a more focused, investigator-driven approach that yields a very targeted and relevant data set. Digital forensics typically includes deleted or hidden information on a hard drive and is often used for cases where the user is technically savvy or subterfuge is suspected.

Avansic has well-defined standards for processing electronically stored information. This is a major factor in our ability to deliver the best possible customer service. First, it provides transparency about the way we process and export data. Second, it allows you the option to change steps in that standard process as you see fit. Third, it lets you know exactly what you will be receiving when the export arrives, leaving nothing to chance and no guesswork.

Given Avansicís commitment to computer science, our experts are continually researching ways to increase the speed and efficiency of ESI processing. Call us at (888) 808-0337 to quote your next project.