"Lawyers and vendors look for ways to create common standards in e-discovery.
As the market for electronic discovery software and services continues to grow and mature, making sense of exactly what it is e-discovery vendors are selling is not always easy. "I've been hearing from providers for years, 'look, you don't understand e-discovery. We've got the ultimate solution -- those other guys you've talked to don't know what they're doing,'" says George Socha, an attorney and e-discovery consultant in St. Paul, Minnesota. "Well, they all can't be right. But there was and is no way to verify a lot of the claims vendors are making."
Lawyers trying to find out the cost to process electronic records for litigation often run into a confusing array of data and terminology that can obscure the issue. Everyday terms such as cull, image, document, and duplicate take on new meanings in e-discovery projects and legal processes like early case assessment, and production varies depending on the discovery query and the data set. And that's not even considering the variation in local rules in different jurisdictions."