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Electronic Discovery involves the preservation, processing, search, review and production of ESI.

eDiscovery, the shortened form of the full term, “electronic discovery” is the process of legal discovery related to Electronically Stored Information (ESI). eDiscovery has grown over the past three decades into a major discipline in the legal field. It is composed of several sub-fields and tends to follow the industry-standard model, the EDRM, which describes the several phases of a document’s lifecycle during litigation.

As a professional field, it is relatively new with its beginnings in the late 1990s but has grown rapidly since then. ACEDS is an industry organization that offers certification for legal professionals looking to boost their knowledge and skills related to eDiscovery and its many sophisticated related areas.

Almost all lawsuits and regulatory matters include eDiscovery and its core principles such as data preservation, processing, search, tagging and review. If a case has any relevant digital information, for example, email messages, documents created on a computing device like a laptop or smartphone, stored in the cloud or accessed via the Internet then Discovery is involved.

To learn more, see our helpful infographic, What is eDiscovery?