Pace Law Review
Effective Keyword Selection Requires a Mastery of Storage Technology and the Law
April 20, 2012
By Daniel B. Garrie
Selecting keywords for searching large volumes of electronically stored information (“ESI”) is an unavoidable, but necessary step in the
process of electronic discovery The parties to a case, or the court, may
choose the terms for the search. However, an efficient alternative to both options involves a mediator, neutral, or special master with a thorough understanding of the legal elements of the case and the technology systems that will be subject to keyword search. This alternative can benefit both parties, as well as the court, because a “technology-aware” mediator can expedite an agreement that allows both parties to maintain oversight of the keyword selection process.
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