Structured Data Discovery: How to Turn Structured Data into a Strategic Advantage
Ask any IT guys and, technically, all data is structured data. In this instance, we are specifically discussing databases and back office IT systems. Databases are increasingly storing relevant and critical information for your cases. In this webcast, we will discuss how to turn structured data into a strategic advantage for your case.
Topics range from how to properly set up your ESI discovery protocol at the outset so that you don’t overlook asking for — or fail to preserve — critical data, to how to request data be preserved and produced from systems that contain terabytes of information and millions — if not billions — of records.
How do you make a request for production today that doesn’t end up costing a fortune in discovery costs further down the road? How do you make sense of large disparate systems?
Isn’t structured data just databases? Can’t we just get some reports and be done?
Structured data, like more common ESI, can also have back end metadata that may not be present or even noticeable on reports.
Structured data, when properly preserved and produced, can be used in dynamic ways to relate disparate systems and events, creating a more coherent story and even bringing to light new and compelling merits.
Structured data can be anything from databases to transaction records and event logs. Transaction records and event logs can tie specific machines and individual account holders to specific locations and events.
I can just tell them to preserve the database and produce it. How hard is that?
Without a clear and well-defined ESI protocol for databases, production can be in multiple formats and have significant overlaps. Data from a singular system could potentially be produced in CSV, binary backup file, PDF reports and even MS Excel, all for different and possibly overlapping periods.
Easily accessible data might be preserved in a manner requiring specialized skills and knowledge to later extract and produce it.
Simple questions and discussion up front with knowledgeable structured data experts can help prevent serious costs further down the road caused by simple misunderstanding and lack of technical knowledge.
Why do I need an expert? That sounds really expensive.
Experts can help take data from multiple disparate systems and create a cohesive story that can be used to litigate your case – bringing millions of GPS records, timecard entries, paystubs and invoices together to make a compelling story.
What is the role of the structured data expert? How does this differ from the role of standard e-Discovery vendors and why?
How can a structured data expert assist in meet and confer discussions with opposing counsel and in translating those discussions to IT staff?
Littler Mendelson P.C.
- Structured Data Defined
- What is Structured Data?
- What is Unstructured Data?
- What Does the Difference Mean?
- Most Data has Both Structured and Unstructured Aspects – It Depends on Your Case as to How to Use
- Preservation & Production
- Partnering with IT regarding Structured Data
- How to Preserve Structured Data
- How to Produce Structured Data
- Security of Structured Data
- PII and Sensitive Information
- When Producing
- When Storing
- Analysis & Merits
- Structured Data isn’t only about e-Discovery and Production
- How to turn Raw Data into Actionable Knowledge
- How to Consolidate Multiple Data Sources into a Single Picture
- What Does the Data Tell us About Our Case?
- How Do We Present the Results in a Manner that is Concise, Consistent, Reliable and Understandable?
- Case Studies
- #1: Structured Data – Systems Tell the Real Story – Product Liability Case and No Sales
- #2: Structured Data – Poorly Preserved and Produced – Databases Fail to Make the Grade
- #3: Structured Data – SEC Insider Trading – Multiple Systems Pulled Together into a Consistent Timeline Showing Pre-release Access to Inside Information, Trades, Release of Information, Follow-up Trades
Who Should Attend:
- E-Discovery Attorneys
- IT Lawyers
- Corporate Counsel
- Outside Counsel
- Compliance and Regulatory Officers
- Other Related Professionals
Mr. Charlie Platt, a Sr. Managing Consultant at iDiscovery Solutions (iDS) in Washington DC, has over 25 years experience consulting with corporations and clients on information systems development, infrastructure and analysis, digital forensics, cyber-security and incident response, database administration, e-Discovery cases, software analysis and development, and project management. He has consulted on projects ranging from large-scale forensics investigations to highly complex intellectual property and systems analysis cases in the legal and e-Discovery industries. In addition, Mr. Platt has developed websites, applications and utilities for a variety of corporate needs and has managed comprehensive, multifaceted collections, both in the U.S. and internationally. He is a Certified Ethical Hacker, a Microsoft Certified DBA, and holds certifications in C/C++, Infrastructure and Networking.
Mr. Platt has an M.S. in Management of Secure Information Systems and a B.S. in Computer Information Systems. He has spoken on a wide range of forensics and discovery topics at law schools and corporations, including Temple Law School, Georgetown Law School, and American University Law School. He has also testified on numerous matters involving the International Trade Commission. Prior to iDS, Mr. Platt was the owner and founder of Bitscope Consulting, a Managing Consultant at LECG, where he was the manager of the DC Forensics Lab, and a Sr. Consultant at FTI.
Mr. Charlie Platt, a Sr. Managing Consultant at iDiscovery Solutions (iDS) in Washington DC, has over 25 years experience consulting …
Don is a member of Littler’s eDiscovery Team where he practices exclusively in the area of electronic discovery. Don works closely with clients and case teams to ensure that electronic discovery is handled in a defensible and cost-effective manner. Specifically, Don works with Littler attorneys and their clients on issues such as preservation of evidence, strategies for data collection and review, computer forensic issues and negotiations with opposing counsel regarding electronic discovery. Don is also a frequent speaker on issues relating to electronic discovery.
Don is a member of Littler’s eDiscovery Team where he practices exclusively in the area of electronic discovery. Don works …
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About iDiscovery Solutions
iDiscovery Solutions, Inc. (iDS) is an award-winning, global, expert services firm that has been positively influencing the intersection of law and technology since 2008. Founded by industry veterans with more than 50 years of litigation and consulting experience combined, iDS delivers customized, innovative solutions for legal and corporate clients’ complex challenges. iDS’ subject matter experts testify and consult in connection with electronic discovery (e-Discovery), digital forensics, data analytics, information governance (IG), processing and hosting of electronically stored information (ESI) and enterprise applications. For more information, visit www.idiscoverysolutions.com.
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