H5 supports and promotes information retrieval protocols used by TREC and participated in the 2008 TREC Legal Track. Read about the 2008 results here. TREC is an academic/industry initiative co-sponsored by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and U.S. Department of Defense. It was established to support research within the information retrieval community and to enable the infrastructure necessary for large-scale evaluation of text retrieval methodologies. This site may be of interest to those who wish to understand the academic protocols used to evaluate information retrieval systems.
H5 is a member of The Sedona Conference Working Group on Electronic Document Retention and Production. The Sedona Conference is a nonprofit research and educational institute dedicated to the advanced study of law and policy. The Conference and Working Group have produced several “best practices” publications.
The EDRM project was created to address the lack of standards and guidelines in the electronic discovery market. H5 is a founding member and leader of the IMRM (Information Management Reference Model) Project, a founding member of the EDRM Metrics Project, and a participant in the EDRM Search Project.
U.S. Magistrate Judge Andrew J. Peck cites Judges Paul Grimm and John Facciola in underscoring the need for expertise in search.
U.S. Magistrate Judge Paul Grimm advises parties and courts to look to the Sedona Conference and Text REtrieval Conference (TREC) in making decisions about e-discovery.
U.S. Magistrate Judge John Facciola calls out the importance of expertise in computer technology, statistics, and linguistics for electronic discovery.
Maura Grossman and Gordon Cormack offer evidence that technology-assisted processes, while indeed more efficient, can also yield results superior to those of exhaustive manual review.