What is the EDRM XML specification?

The EDRM XML specification exists to enable vendor-neutral data interchange from one step of the e-discovery process to the next, from one software program to the next, and from one organization to the next.

How long has the specification been around?

The standard was developed by a group of 45 vendors and released to the public in February, 2008. The 1.1 update to the spec was released in February, 2009.

How many vendors support the specification?

There are currently 32 vendors involved in the EDRM XML effort, and 21 that support the specification for import, export, or both.

Isn’t EDRM XML just another load file format?

No! In its current usage by most vendors, EDRM is primarily used to move e-discovery information between the processing, analysis and review phases of the EDRM process. In that sense, it’s a load file format in its most common usage today – but one that eliminates the issues associated with legacy, proprietary formats.

However, it is a longer-term goal of the EDRM XML group that, after initial adoption and refining as a load file format, that the extensible nature of the XML specification will allow it to easily be extended upstream to earlier phases of e-discovery. Some “early adopters” in the identification/collection/ preservation phases of EDRM are starting to develop integrations with processing applications using the EDRM XML schema.

What’s next for the standard?

Work on the 2.0 version of the schema is just getting underway in earnest.

How do I get involved?

You can participate in two ways:

  1. As a full participant in the project. To do this, sign up at www.edrm.net
  2. As a public commenter. EDRM XML, like all EDRM projects, is an open standard, and input from anyone involved in e-discovery who seeks to advance the usefulness and adoption of the format is incredibly important to the project’s success. Commenting can be done through the EDRM XML bulletin board at www.edrm.net.

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