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January 25, 2012

EDRM Projects Advance Industry Standards

On January 24, 2012, those of us at EDRM provided formal updates from five of the EDRM projects — Data Set, IGRM, Metrics, Model Code of Conduct, and XML. EDRM provides a common, flexible, and extensible framework for the development, selection, evaluation, and use of e-discovery products and services. The advancements in each of the following projects are designed to further standardize the principles and practices utilized in e-discovery management as follows:

Data Set  The EDRM Enron Email Data Set version 2 is now a public data set on Amazon Web Services. AWS hosts these public data sets at no charge to the community in order to enable faster innovation by researchers across a variety of disciplines and industries. For more information about AWS public data sets, go to

Information Governance Reference Model (IGRM)  The IGRM project team and ARMA International recently published a jointly developed white paper, How the Information Governance Reference Model (IGRM) Complements ARMA International’s Generally Accepted Recordkeeping Principles (GARP).

This white paper emphasizes both the importance of good governance to an organization, as well as the necessity of cross-functional collaboration in order to reduce legal risk and raise business performance. To view the ARMA-EDRM information governance white paper, click here. To download a copy, click here.

Metrics  The primary goal of the Metrics project has been to provide an effective means of measuring the time, money, and volumes associated with e-discovery activities. The Metrics team has created and tested a database designed to capture and compile data gathered from actual case experience to identify trends and metrics associated with different phases of e-discovery. With the goal of capturing a wide range of data for accurate sampling, the Metrics team is calling for strong participation from the legal community at large. More information about the Metrics Project can be found here.

Model Code of Conduct  EDRM has published the official Model Code of Conduct (MCoC) which sets forth ethical guidelines for business conduct between the providers of e-discovery services, software, and other products, their clients and other providers. The MCoC is designed to promote predictability and stability in the legal industry for both providers and consumers of electronic discovery products and services. It reflects years of exhaustive dialogue and a wide array of viewpoints, including corporations, law firms, and service providers. Corporations and service providers, including consultants, vendors, service bureaus, software companies, and law firms, can voluntarily subscribe to the MCoC by registering on the EDRM website here.

XML  EDRM announces the release of version 2.0 of the EDRM XML schema, a specification designed to reduce time and risk involved with data exchange between parties and systems. The XML 2.0 schema also provides a more flexible format for transferring additional information. This structure will allow for future extensions to the schema to include Productions, Review Data, Search Information, etc. The most significant addition is the field manifest at the top of the schema. The XML 2.0 schema also provides a more flexible format for transferring documents. To download the new schema, click here.

More information on each of the EDRM projects and their materials is available at


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This ABA article describes how an organization’s team of in-house attorneys, lead outside counsel, RIM, and IT professionals can be instrumental in guiding discussions with business management to achieve better eDiscovery by implementing a unified Information Governance (IG) program.

Better E-Discovery: Unified Governance and the IGRM

American Bar Association, Section of Litigation, Technology for the Litigator, June 11, 2012

Authors: Marcus Ledergerber, Matthew Knouff

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