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The benefits of a data map

Knowing how much data there is, where it is and how long it will take to produce it is crucial to the e-discovery process

Looking back on my last few meet and confer sessions, I recall spending an inordinate amount of time discussing e-discovery processing and production specifications, and little on the location and description of electronically stored information (ESI). It is often the case that people feel more comfortable discussing the form and format of production details, however, it is critical to discuss the data map in detail. The best way to answer the two most often asked questions, “How much data is there, and how long will it take to produce?” is to ensure an up-to-date data map is in play.

Data maps are essential for compliance with Federal Rules of Civil Procedure 26(a)(1)(A), which covers the duty to disclose and general provisions governing discovery.

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Michael Conner

Michael Conner is senior managing director at UnitedLex, a global company dedicated to improving the performance and relationship of law departments and law firms. He...

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