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Early Data Analyzer: Read Our Exclusive Report

By Neil J. Squillante | Friday, November 22, 2013

Today's issue of TL NewsWire covers an ediscovery culling and review application that you can use from any web browser (see article below), an iOS countdown timer app, a virtual desktop service, and an iPad stylus for drawing. Don't miss the next issue.


Every day, you use a technology so advanced that you don't even think about its existence. Instead, it just performs its job, taking you from your home to your office and back again. Yes, your car. Once upon a time, owning a car practically required that you become a mechanic. Ediscovery software needs to function more like today's cars than those from yesteryear.

Early Data Analyzer … in One Sentence

Launched earlier this year, LexisNexis Early Data Analyzer features a number of tools designed to eliminate (cull) irrelevant electronic data collected from custodians (people of interest in a litigation) faster.

The Killer Feature

Ediscovery begins with preserving custodian data in a forensically sound manner. Using Early Data Analyzer, your litigation support team or consultant culls this data significantly but usually not completely. At this point, in-house or outside counsel completes the culling process in Early Data Analyzer by reviewing the remaining documents tagged as "Undecided."

The new version doesn't require lawyers to install any software. Instead, you can use Early Data Analyzer from any web browser, including Safari on an iPad. Multiple lawyers on your team can review case data simultaneously, applying tags to complete the culling process. You can even use Early Data Analyzer as a first pass document review tool to create a production set for opposing counsel.

"The new version of Early Data Analyzer fits the modern litigation workflow," Director of Product Planning Aaron Pierce told us. "Lawyers need to help their teams complete the culling process from anywhere. Being able to use Early Data Analyzer from a web browser makes this possible."

Other Notable Features

Pierce notes that Early Data Analyzer processes collected data faster than other tools because it's multithreaded and doesn't need to make a copy. Early Data Analyzer's culling tools include global or per-custodian de-duplication, de-nisting, custom hashes (your own exclusions), and inclusion or exclusion by email domain name, file types, and language.

Early Data Analyzer offers a number of search technologies, including metadata search (e.g., email fields), a dictionary of terms from the dataset, filters, and Boolean searches. You can save searches and search within them as well as apply various parameters such as custodian and date range. The new OCR function ensures that you won't miss anything (you can choose from two OCR engines — ABBYY or ExpertVision).

A dashboard enables you to manage the culling process. Those who take the initial pass can mark documents as "Undecided" for lawyers to review as noted above. Various reports help you assess the dataset and make decisions about case strategy and reduce costs.

What Else Should You Know?

You can use Early Data Analyzer for all your culling needs and export a "load file" for popular litigation review products such as LexisNexis' own Concordance. Alternatively, you can export the dataset to LAW PreDiscovery, which has additional functionality and traditional export options such as printing and TIFF. Learn more about LexisNexis Early Data Analyzer.

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Topics: Litigation/Discovery/Trials | TL NewsWire
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