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By Andrew Haslam
Every February in New York there is a technology show of the latest innovations and trends in Legal IT. This year, one of the main themes was that "2014 is the year of Information Governance” (or in colloquial terms Big Data).
Information Governance (IG) is the newer, shinier version of what used to be called Records Information Management (RIM). Both focus on managing the risks posed by organisation information flows. The legal requirement is to ensure that organisations are complying with all the various rules and regulations about that data.
In the days before electronic information, this was a fairly “nerdy” subject that revolved around archiving policies and document retrieval and disposal. That has changed with the explosive growth of email and other forms of Electronically Stored Information (ESI). The current problem can be simplified into the observation that "we have been cursed with cheap electronic storage for the past 15 years and are paying the price". By this I mean, absent any clear direction, or tools to help them, many businesses have adopted the non-policy of “just keeping everything”.
The problem with this approach is that it comes back to haunt you when there is a need to examine the ESI, be i
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Andrew Haslam, is the UK’s leading independent litigation support
consultant, who since 1997 has provided specialist legal IT advice and
eDisclosure strategy to the UK’s top law firms. Andrew started his
professional career serving 12 years in the British Army where he
acquired an IT degree and an abiding interest in how computing can help
people work more efficiently. He then spent a decade delivering document
management solutions to clients in the Military, Central Government and
Pharmaceutical sectors. From early 2004, Andrew has been at the
forefront of developments in eDisclosure, and is recognised as one of
the UK’s leading consultants in this field, speaking at many conferences
and authoring a series of white papers on a variety of technology
topics. In 2013 he was the technical adviser to the working party that
produced the Technology and Construction Court eDisclosure protocol and
continues to serve on the team overseeing the protocol’s evolution.
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