Co-authored by Josh Yildirim & Rob Iuliano
As an experienced ediscovery professional who witnesses on a daily basis how evolving technology is rapidly changing our industry, I regularly ask myself why productions are so often stuck in the past and continue to rely on an old and dated production format that was created over 25 years ago.
I’m talking about the TIFF files that are created as part of the ediscovery production process. When I think of the thousands and sometimes millions of single page TIFFS that are routinely created from native files, I am reminded of the days when I first started out as a Paralegal for a law firm. Based in the unglamorous basement of the firms prestigious London offices I was surrounded by paper files with my trusty paginator in hand to help me weave order from this sea of thinly sliced trees. As a technologist, the ediscovery environment I work in some 20 years later has changed immeasurably. Tasks which would have previously have taken weeks can now take seconds. And yet, we are still often wedded to producing an archaic TIFF based output from corpus of data we have collected, culled, and analysed, utilising state of the art artificial intelligence software and then taking this output and converting to what is effectively ‘digital paper’.
While there are valid reasons for why some documents still need to be produced in TIFF, like in the case of redacted files, oftentimes it seems we employ and accept TIFF productions simply because we feel more comfortable with a familiar format.
Regardless of the reason, it’s critical to take the time at the outset of a case to consider your production protocol and come to a detailed agreement on a production format. While there is still no consensus on exactly the “right way” to design your productions, Rob Iuliano (my colleague) and I discuss the pros and cons in further detail in the eBook “To Tiff or Not To Tiff – Reasoning, Perils, and Pitfalls of Producing Documents as part of the eDiscovery Process.”
We hope you find the ebook informative and useful and if you would like to further discuss the pros and cons of your production format, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.