Electronic Discovery Quick Links – Federal Rules, Electronically Stored Information Leadership Organizations, and U.S. Regulatory Agencies

Litigation Resources – Federal Rules

Electronically Stored Information Leadership Organizations

Data Portability Project: The purpose of the data portability project is to put existing technologies, techniques, policies and initiatives in context in order to facilitate translation, education, advocacy and ultimately implementation of data portability. Portability is defined as both physically moving data or simply porting the context in which the data is used.

Digital Curation Centre The scientific record and the documentary heritage created in digital form are at risk from technology obsolescence, from the fragility of digital media, and from lack of the basics of good practice, such as adequate documentation for the data. Working with other practitioners, the Digital Curation Centre support UK institutions who store, manage and preserve these data to help ensure their enhancement and their continuing long-term use.

Digital Civil Rights in Europe (EDRI): European Digital Rights was founded in June 2002. Currently 28 privacy and civil rights organisations have EDRI membership. They are based or have offices in 17 different countries in Europe. Members of European Digital Rights have joined forces to defend civil rights in the information society. The need for cooperation among organizations active in Europe is increasing as more regulation regarding the internet, copyright and privacy is originating from European institutions, or from International institutions with strong impact in Europe.

The Dublin Core Metadata Initiative: The Dublin Core Metadata Initiative is an open organization engaged in the development of interoperable online metadata standards that support a broad range of purposes and business models.

Electronic Discovery Reference Model (EDRM): The Electronic Discovery Reference Model (EDRM) was created to develop resources and best practices for e-discovery consumers and providers Through the group’s creation of the EDRM model, which outlines the key processes and steps involved with e-discovery, to its development of an XML standard so that e-discovery products can interoperate, EDRM has helped e-discovery consumers and providers reduce the cost, time and manual work associated with e-discovery.

European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) – Legislation: The EDPS’ general objective is to ensure that the EC institutions and bodies respect the right to privacy when they process personal data and develop new policies.

The Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF): IETF is a large open international community of network designers, operators, vendors, and researchers concerned with the evolution of the Internet architecture and the smooth operation of the Internet. It is open to any interested individual.

IEEE: A non-profit organization, IEEE is the world’s leading professional association for the advancement of technology.

International Organization For Standardization (ISO): ISO is a global network of national standards institutes from 157 countries. It has a current portfolio of more than 17 000 standards for business, government and society. ISO’s standards make up a complete offering for all three dimensions of sustainable development – economic, environmental and social.

OASIS: Oasis is a not-for-profit consortium that drives development, convergence, and adoption of open standards for the global information society.

The Litigation Support Technology Group (LiST): LiST is a unique UK think tank, formed in 2003 by a group of litigation support specialists with the aim of encouraging and developing uniformity of approach to the use of technology in litigation and alternative dispute resolution.

The Sedona Conference: The Sedona Conference (TSC) is a charitable, 501(c)(3) research and educational institute dedicated to the advancement of law and policy in the areas of antitrust law, complex litigation and intellectual property rights.

The Text REtrieval Conference (TREC): TREC, co-sponsored by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and U.S. Department of Defense, was started in 1992 as part of the TIPSTER Text program. Its purpose was to support research within the information retrieval community by providing the infrastructure necessary for large-scale evaluation of text retrieval methodologies.

World Standards Services Network (WSSN): WSSN is a network of publicly accessible World Wide Web servers of standards organizations around the world. Through the Web sites of its members, WSSN provides information on international, regional and national standardization and related activities and services.

World Wide Web Consortium(W3C): W3C is an international consortium where Member organizations, a full-time staff, and the public work together to develop Web standards. The W3C’s mission is ” To lead the World Wide Web to its full potential by developing protocols and guidelines that ensure long-term growth for the Web.”

US Regulatory Agencies

Department of Commerce Export Portal (DOC) – Safe Harbor:  The European Commission’s Directive on Data Protection went into effect in October, 1998, and would prohibit the transfer of personal data to non-European Union nations that do not meet the European “adequacy” standard for privacy protection. While the United States and the European Union share the goal of enhancing privacy protection for their citizens, the United States takes a different approach to privacy from that taken by the European Union. This site provides information on the how the United States and the European Union reconcile their different approaches to allow for United States compliance with the European Union’s data protection directives.

Department of Justice (DOJ) Anti-Trust Division:  This site, maintained by the DOJ Anti-Trust Division, contains important business resources for anti-trust related guidelines, policies and enforcement.

Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Mergers And Acquisitions:  This FTC site contains important resources for antitrust practitioners, and for businesses and consumers. The Bureau’s Premerger Notification Office administers the HSR program for both the FTC and DOJ, and provides technical assistance for those who may have filing obligations. The Bureau, in cooperation with DOJ, provides guidance to businesses on complying with antitrust laws through the publication of Merger Guidelines and additional policy statements on Merger Best Practices. Finally, the Bureau issues annual reports detailing its enforcement accomplishments.

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA):  FINRA is the largest non-governmental regulator for all securities firms doing business in the United States. All told, FINRA oversees nearly 5,000 brokerage firms, about 172,000 branch offices and more than 676,000 registered securities representatives.

Security and Exchange Commission:  This SEC resource provides links to releases concerning SEC rulemaking activity, including concept releases, proposed rules, final rules, interpretive releases, and policy statements. It also links to announcements concerning SRO rulemaking, PCAOB rulemaking, instructions for Exchange Act Exemptive Applications, other Commission notices, and public petitions for rulemaking submitted to the SEC.

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