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Collection Guide

This entry is part of a series, EDRM Framework Guides»

The collection methodology for acquiring ESI in litigation matters, governmental inquiries, and internal investigations in a legally defensible manner.

Collection

* Although represented as a linear workflow, moving from left to right, this process is often iterative. The feedback loops have been omitted from the diagram for graphic simplicity.

Introduction

Collection is the acquisition of potentially relevant electronically stored information () as defined in the identification phase of the electronic discovery process. The exigencies of litigation, governmental inquiries, and internal investigations generally require that and its associated metadata should be collected in a manner that is legally defensible, proportionate, efficient, auditable, and targeted. The process of collecting will generally provide feedback to the identification function which may impact and expand the scope of the overall electronic discovery process.

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  • Electronically Stored Information or ESI is information that is stored electronically on enumerable types of media regardless the original format in which it was created.
  • Electronically Stored Information: this is an all inclusive term referring to conventional electronic documents (e.g. spreadsheets and word processing documents) and in addition the contents of databases, mobile phone messages, digital recordings (e.g. of voicemail) and transcripts of instant messages. All of this material needs to be considered for disclosure.
  • Electronically Stored Information or ESI is information that is stored electronically on enumerable types of media regardless the original format in which it was created.
  • Electronically Stored Information: this is an all inclusive term referring to conventional electronic documents (e.g. spreadsheets and word processing documents) and in addition the contents of databases, mobile phone messages, digital recordings (e.g. of voicemail) and transcripts of instant messages. All of this material needs to be considered for disclosure.
  • Electronically Stored Information or ESI is information that is stored electronically on enumerable types of media regardless the original format in which it was created.
  • Electronically Stored Information: this is an all inclusive term referring to conventional electronic documents (e.g. spreadsheets and word processing documents) and in addition the contents of databases, mobile phone messages, digital recordings (e.g. of voicemail) and transcripts of instant messages. All of this material needs to be considered for disclosure.

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