Text Messaging Metadata Primer 1.0

EDRM Annunces Text Messagiing Metadata PRimer 1.0 project

About this Project

A frequent eDiscovery pain point is the absence of education regarding metadata that is available for text message data that can be found on phones. Today’s newly created hybrid workforce, a by-product of the pandemic, generates a considerable number of communications and many of those communications happen via text message. The lack of text message metadata education can be costly as awareness of text message metadata is key to understanding elements of a text message conversation.  

The project will tackle educating legal, litigation technology and corporate investigative professionals on the metadata that is available for text message data found on phones. The project deliverables are anticipated to include a primer of how text message data is stored on a phone.  The project will also list out metadata that is available for the text message data found on phones, including definitions for each metadata field and field groupings such as recipient, sender, location and more.  The project team will also draft recommendations for baseline requests.

Monica Harris, Product Business Manager, Cellebrite Enterprise Solutions, is the Project Trustee.

The project is seeking new contributors.

Please email info@EDRM.net for an invitation to the project team virtual meeting.


The project team (organizations noted for identification purposes only) includes:

  • David A. Greetham, PCForensics
  • Nikolai Pozdniakov, Hashtag Legal
  • Craig Ball, Craig D. Ball, PC
  • Martha Louks, McDermott, Will & Emery
  • Frank Perrone, Betsy Morgan and Hannah Caywood, Relativity
  • Bilyan Belchev and Brent Dockter, Reveal Data
  • Matt Mahon, Trustpoint One