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Vol. 6 No. 11 January 2008

Ediscovery gets XML lift

This fall, less than three years after attorney George Socha, Jr. co-founded the Electronic Discovery Reference Model (EDRM) industry group, EDRM announced an XML standard and a free instructional road map for anyone--storage vendors, document management specialists, insurance companies, law practices and consulting firms--doing ediscovery work. By the close of this month, Socha expects the list of service providers and vendors supporting the XML standard to reach approximately 20. The new standard should reduce errors and labor dedicated to ediscovery, while simplifying and speeding up the sharing of information across various apps. "I think the timing is good," says Socha, who practiced law for 16 years before becoming a consultant and beginning his EDRM work. "This is still a very young industry. If you have been actively working in the electronic discovery area--I mean really working hands-on--anywhere from three to five years, then you are an old hand." Attempting and encouraging a widespread XML standard two years ago, ...

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