Connecting the Dots: Considering eDiscovery from Initiators to Ecosystem

A non-comprehensive graphical depiction that may be helpful in considering and connecting the dots during planning, forecasting, and sharing activities regarding the discipline of eDiscovery. 

Draft Graphic by ComplexDiscovery (Rob Robinson)

Connecting the Dots in eDiscovery

Provided for your review and use is a non-comprehensive graphical depiction that may be helpful in considering and connecting the dots* during planning, forecasting, and sharing activities relating to the discipline of eDiscovery.

Considering eDiscovery

The Dots: Five Categories and 27 Elements

Three core funders of eDiscovery.

  • Governmental Agencies
  • Corporations
  • Law Firms

Three core drivers of eDiscovery.

  • Policies
  • Regulations
  • Law

Three core requirements of eDiscovery.

  • Audits
  • Investigations
  • Litigation

The core workstream of eDiscovery.

  • Collection
  • Ingestion
  • Processing
  • Analytics
  • Predictive Coding
  • Review
  • Export/Production
  • Data Disposition

The flow of money in eDiscovery.

  • Governmental Agency
  • Corporation
  • Private Client
  • Law Firm
  • Litigation Support Provider
  • eDiscovery Software Provider
  • Managed Review Provider
  • On-Premise Software
  • Off-Premise Software
  • Data Hosting

These categories and elements are not all inclusive and represent one view of eDiscovery. They can be expanded, contracted, and refined as appropriate for the development of plans and models used in forecasting and depicting the flow of eDiscovery from initiating entities to the economic ecosystem.

* American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. S.v. “connect the dots.” Retrieved May 7 2018 from

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