Objective Coding


  • The recording of basic data such as date, author, or document type, from documents into a database. 1
  • Extracting information from electronic documents such as date created, author recipient, CC and linking each image to the information in pre-defined objective fields. In direct opposition to Subjective coding where legal interpretations of data in a document are linked to individual documents. Also called bibliographic coding. 2
  • Extracting various segments of information from a document such as its author, recipient, mailing date, or other fields, etc. Objective Coding is usually done from the document text or image because metadata or searchable text may be unavailable (e.g. a handwritten document that has been scanned), or the document may contain inaccurate metadata (e.g. metadata associated with a document written and signed by a partner might reflect the administrative assistant as the author where the document was originally typed on the assistant’s computer).


  1. Legal Electronic Document Institute, Basic Principles of Automated Litigation Support (2005).
  2. Formerly American Document Management, Glossary of Terms, now 5i Solutions Glossary.
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