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The Authorized Tech-To-English Dictionary: eDiscovery Software program

There is a term for lawyers using Latin and other obscure languages ​​to describe legal processes to consumers: “Legal”.

But there is no similar term for vendors using technical and other obscure languages ​​to describe their legal software operations for attorneys.

It is true that this dynamic may seem unfair. But now we have the Legal Tech-to-English Dictionary to help us deal with it.

Read on for the latest edition where we translate eDiscovery-related topics into plain English. And while you’re here, check out our non-event eDiscovery room to see how effective the latest software is.

Special thanks to Shree Sharma of HaystackID for her assistance with this article.


Information stored electronically
If you didn’t at least know that the “e” stood for a variant of “electronic”, maybe it is time to update your dial-up.

Attorney 1: Do you have the ESI dump we just received under control?

Lawyer 2: No, I can’t do that with my cable package.

See ESI was defined in 2006 through an update of the Federal Code of Civil Procedureto streamline the eDiscovery process.

Compare. This is at least a better method than searching for paper documents in a banker’s box while trying to avoid all those flattened, dead spiders.


The associated information that describes the properties of ESI, e.g. – sender, recipient, author, date.
Colloquially, data about data.

Attorney 1: Do you have the sender information for all of these emails?

Lawyer 2: This is so meta.

Attorney 1: Fuck off, Chuck.

See. “Metaphysics” by Aristotle just about dates. (Give me a break, okay – I went to a humanities college.)

See. Much of the ‘Deadpool’ franchise.

Structured data

Data that is stored in a structured format (e.g. a database) or in a delimited form (e.g. a CSV file).
My middle helper fantasy baseball leaderboard.

See. Bumping into unstructured data is a bit like stepping on a Lego, and just as painful. (Did you get it? Stray individual Legos have been removed from a larger structure.) Fortunately, there is a shoe for that.


The process of comparing the characteristics of electronic documents to identify and / or remove exact duplicate items.
Contrasted with reduplication, which uses the repetition of sounds to create words such as: pitter-patter and flim-flam; pee too, of course.

Attorney 1: Can we deduplicate this text message with Michael Jordan crying face meme?

Attorney 2: These are actually a lot of different text messages.

Lawyer 1: Oooohhhh.

See. It turns out that reading the same email 64 times didn’t tell you anything new about your case.


GDPR Measure that requires data to be processed separately from identifiers “so that the data can no longer be assigned to a specific data subject without the use of additional information”.
Data management de-identification procedure in which personal information fields within a data record are replaced by one or more artificial identifiers or pseudonyms.

Attorney 1: And your alias should be Pickles Dilhöfer.

See how I went under the code name ‘DB Cooper“Early 1970’s. . . . Oh shit.

Jared Correia, a legal technology consultant and expert, is hosting the Non-Eventcast, the Above the Law non-event podcast for tech-savvy lawyers.

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