Electronic Discovery Reference Model

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What Does Electronic Discovery Reference Model Mean?

The Electronic Discovery Reference Model (EDRM) is a highly detailed reference model that is used as a standard for the discovery and recovery of digital data. EDRM’s data collection scheme ensures that electronic data is handled in a cost-effective and efficient manner.

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Techopedia Explains Electronic Discovery Reference Model

Developed by Tom Gelbmann and George Socha in 2005, EDRM is used by electronic data providers and consumers when electronic data is gathered and assimilated as part of the legal process, including criminal evidence discovery.

The EDRM model is comprised of six steps that relate to the organization of electronically stored information (ESI):

  • Information management
  • Identification
  • Preservation and collection
  • Processing, review and analysis
  • Production
  • Presentation

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