eDiscovery processing and hosting actually begins with a pre-processing step. Pre-processing is not clearly defined within the Electronic Discovery Reference Model. It falls between the Collection and Processing phases and is imperative in reducing eDiscovery costs by thinning out of the overall reviewable data set. During pre-processing, several steps may occur:
- Data staging by custodian, source, subject, etc.
- deNISTing, removing known non-relevant data.
- Initial deduplication.
- Extract potentially relevant data from backup sources.
- Pre-filtering, or culling, by keywords, dates, file types, etc.
At this phase, we may over-preserve to ensure no risk in spoliation, but you should not pay for the processing of irrelevant data. We give preference to an inclusionary process, filtering the collected ESI by dates, file types, keywords, custodian, etc.
The primary goals of the Processing Phase are to normalize the data set, apply additional filtering rules, deduplicate across all custodians and shared data, tag data with potential privilege alerts, OCR conversion on image files, such as TIFF and PDF, identification of encrypted and other non-readable files, identification of foreign language files, assignment of parent/child relationships, metadata extraction, full-text indexing, email threading, etc.
Traditionally, the Processing and the Review Phases are where most of your eDiscovery costs are incurred. A properly executed pre-processing phase greatly reduces this cost exposure.
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