The use of data analytics in the eDiscovery workflow continues to accelerate. According to a survey of in-house legal departments conducted by the Coalition of Technology Resources for Lawyers (CTRL), a majority of legal departments (56%) reported that they were using data analytics to address eDiscovery obligations.
Specifically, the survey found that the top three uses for data analytics in eDiscovery are: culling (72%); early case assessment (72%); and relevancy review (71%). This is an important finding because it confirms that data analytics are being used for more than just email threading or predictive coding; these tools are becoming more frequently used in a strategic fashion at various times throughout the workflow.
During a recent webinar hosted by EDRM and sponsored by LexisNexis, “The Future of eDiscovery: An Analytics Revolution to See Your Case More Clearly,” the panelists discussed the trend toward using advanced analytics and visualizations to gain better insight into case data.
The speakers identified three keys to powerful analytics in eDiscovery:
1. Easy to use. No matter how sophisticated they are, analytics tools are only useful to litigation teams if they are easy to use. The new generation of analytical tools within eDiscovery software platforms, elevate the importance of user experience.
2. Integration into workflow. Analytics technology should work the way the human brain works and be tightly integrated into the workflow of eDiscovery professionals. They must be intuitive in order to improve speed, performance and scalability.
3. Embedded throughout process. New eDiscovery platforms, such as the Lexis® DiscoveryIQ platform, provide machine learning and analytics throughout the workflow. The solution supports investigational efforts and case analysis as easily as it supports more traditional eDiscovery process.
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The webinar was moderated by George Socha (Co-Founder of EDRM, Owner of Socha Consulting LLC) and expert speakers included Ryan Bilbrey (Managing Director, Omnivere, LLC), Dean Kuhlmann (Vice President, Brainspace, Inc.) and Krista Fuller (Director of Product Management, LexisNexis Litigation Solutions).
To listen to an audio recording of the program, please click here.
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