White paper - adapting eDiscovery software to achieve governance objectives

As organisations and individuals, we have too much information. Too often, we don’t know what we have, where it came from, where it has gone to, what has been done with it, where it is located today, and when it should be disposed of. Our attempts to govern it feel Sisyphean. We labor to roll the data up to the summit of Mount Control, only to have it barrel back over us yet again. No one seems to be accountable for the data. We aren’t sure that we can vouch for the data’s authenticity or integrity. We don’t know whether we are staying on the safe side of the myriad laws, and other authorities control how we are supposed to handle our data.

This paper offers suggestions for how to use e-discovery tools to better address those challenges. The paper starts with the e-discovery process. From there it moves into a comparison of e-discovery and information governance, paying particular attention to the interplay between ARMA International’s Generally Accepted Record-keeping Principles® (GARP), its Maturity Model, and EDRM’s Information Governance Reference Model. The third section discusses repurposing e-discovery tools to suit information governance needs, and the final section looks at some of the issues to consider when implementing e-discovery tools.


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