Information Governance - A Corporate Imperative: Library Model Delivers A-to-Z Strategies by Neal Lawson and Trent Livingston: In a question and answer format, iDS Directors Lawson and Livingston discuss the difference between data and information and how IG protocols, structure and tools can guide corporate development, risk management, litigation responsiveness, tactical efficiency, etc. The article does a great job of narrowing our organizational focus from the entirety of created data to the wealth of “governed’ information that is captured and organized to deliver meaningful value to business goals.
A New Processing Standards Guide from EDRM: eDiscovery Best Practices by Doug Austin: EDRM has released a draft eDiscovery processing standards guide for comment. The guide is designed (along with typical, visual EDRM style) to “address considerations and concerns that arise when data is processed from an electronic storage device into an eDiscovery database and is intended to be a resource for anyone who would like to use the processing stage of eDiscovery to streamline review and improve analysis of information in the database.” Although many organizations prepare processing workflows, EDRM’s guide will give practitioners a significant starting point from which to develop their own process best practices and checklists.
The Growing Problem of Spoliation Sanctions by Jeff Lilly and Fred Raschke: This article asserts that the 2006 FRCP inspired a “chilling effect” (my words) that gave rise to hefty sanctions for spoliation and moved many organizations to over-preserve at the expense of logical information governance. With a careful description of historical spoliation analysis, Lilly and Raschke look forward to the impending amendments to the FRCP that should incorporate a more tailored approach to assessing how spoliation is asserted as well as the preservation environment in which information is stored.