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Coding is the process whereby an individual examines an image of a document and populates the fields of the case database. The term “auto-coding” refers to a software process of using OCR to populate fields in a database. While improving, this technology is only appropriate for certain document collections when time is a major concern.

Objective coding is a relatively simple process of examining a document and filling in database fields with searchable and sortable information about the document. Objective coding does not necessarily require familiarity with the particulars of the case.

Subjective coding requires a deeper understanding of the issues in the case to properly identify hot documents and those which will cause issues as the case progresses.