A New Website for the Electronic Discovery Reference Model

Last August, Duke Law School acquired the Electronic Discovery Reference Model, a project originally created by e-discovery George J. Socha Jr. and Tom Gelbmann to address the lack of standards and guidelines in the e-discovery field. At the time, Duke said that the acquisition would advance the missions of both organizations, giving EDRM a home within a respected institution and giving Duke and its Center for Judicial Studies important new resources.

Today, Duke rolled out a new website for EDRM intended to better reflect that new relationship.

The site continues to be home to the original Electronic Discovery Reference Model, a now widely accepted visual depiction of the phases of e-discovery from information governance through presentation of evidence. The site is also home to other frameworks EDRM has developed, such as for information governance, privacy and security, and technology-assisted review.

A resources section provides various tools for use in planning, preparation and execution of e-discovery processes, including:

  • Calculators for budgeting, data calculation, RFP comparison.
  • Data privacy and protection laws.
  • Various datasets for use in product testing, demonstration and training.
  • A reference collection of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and related articles, presentations and commentary.
  • Glossaries of e-discovery terms.
  • Educational webinar videos on a wide range of topics.
  • E-discovery project guides and white papers.

A members-only section for EDRM members includes advanced dataset files, discounts for Duke Conference registrations and subscriptions to the Duke Law publication Judicature. (Individual memberships cost $200 a year or $150 for ACEDS members.)

“We have an ambitious agenda for EDRM in 2017,” said Jim Waldron, deputy director of EDRM, “and the new website will support collaboration among team members working on TAR/analytics, cross-border discovery, and other initiatives.”