As far as e-discovery current trends and topics go, big data analytics, machine learning, and cloud computing hold the industry spotlight. Metadata on the other hand, is mundane to many. However, the “data about data” that metadata provides deserves a fresh look. This information, lying underneath the viewable content of an electronic file, provides a wealth of useful material. Proper extraction and handling of metadata play a critical role in executing a speedy document review, satisfying strict regulatory agency production guidelines, and avoiding spoliation sanctions.
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