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Old but Still Unsolved Search Challenges: Dr. Jeremy Pickens, OpenText + Catalyst Chief Data Scientist, Wins ECIR 2019 Industry Day Best Presentation Award

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Information retrieval is the science of searching for (and finding) information relevant to a user need.  The most common, most visible application of information retrieval science is found in modern web search engines, though the roots of the field extend decades before the web sprung into existence and encompass wider varieties of information needs than are typically found on the web.

The continued evolution of the field was on full display during the recent 41st European Conference on Information Retrieval (ECIR), held April 14-18 in Cologne, Germany. ECIR, which is now in its fifth decade, is a major get-together of leading information retrieval (IR) experts and data scientists from academia as well as companies including Microsoft, Google, Salesforce, IBM and others. Continue reading

OpenText Buys Catalyst Repository Systems, Inc.

Mark J. Barrenechea, OpenText Vice Chair, Chief Executive Officer and Chief Technology Officer, talks about the acquisition of Catalyst and how the combined set of solutions will help help corporate legal departments and law firms seize the opportunities of automation, digital transformation, AI and machine learning (ML).

“AI, analytics and ML are disrupting traditional approaches, empowering corporations to take better control of their eDiscovery processes and costs and law firms to provide superior, differentiated services for their customers,” says Barrenechea. “With legal solutions available as hosted (SaaS) or managed services, OpenText is uniquely positioned to help corporations take advantage of market disruption. We will continue to invest in eDiscovery processes, analytics, AI, cloud and managed services to improve effectiveness, deliver insights and maximize existing technology investments for our customers.”

Read the OpentText blog post.

And the 2018 Award Goes to… TAR 2.0

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As an annual tradition, we compile a list of the most widely read Catalyst blog posts of the previous year to see what topics most interest our readers. Here are our top five most popular blog posts of 2018.

1. 57 Ways to Leave Your (Linear) Lover

What’s more fun than running 57 simulations for a client investigation? Seeing the results.

We structured a simulated review on Insight Predict, our TAR 2.0 platform, to be as realistic as possible, looking at the client’s investigation from every conceivable angle. The results were outstanding, so we ran it again, using a different starting seed. We did 57 different simulations starting with relevant seeds (singularly with each relevant document), a non-relevant seed and a synthetic seed. Regardless of the starting point, Predict was able to locate 100% of the relevant documents after reviewing only a fraction of the collection.

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Can You Do Good TAR with a Bad Algorithm?

Should proportionality arguments allow producing parties to get away with poor productions— simply because they wasted a lot of effort due to an extremely bad algorithm? That was a question that Dr. Bill Dimm, founder and CEO of Hot Neuron (the maker of Clustify software), posed in a recent blog post, TAR, Proportionality, and Bad Algorithms (1-NN) and it was the subject of our TAR Talk podcast.

This question is critical to e-discovery, and especially relevant to technology-assisted review (TAR). Listen to our short podcast led by Bill, with participants Mary Mack from ACEDS, and Catalyst’s John Tredennick and Tom Gricks, in a discussion on whether one can do “good” TAR with a bad algorithm. Continue reading

Catalyst Releases New eBook on Legal Operations Strategies for Effective Oversight and Control of Discovery Spend

Gone are the days when corporate law departments could fly under the radar, operating outside of budgets (or without budgets) because litigation was deemed too capricious and unpredictable to effectively manage like other business units within the company.

Today’s corporate law department is expected to run like any other high-performing business department: on budget, with measurable results. In-house counsel and e-discovery teams, increasingly led by legal operations professionals, thus need to learn how to accommodate and work within shrinking budgets, controlling costs without sacrificing outcomes. Continue reading

Was It a Document Dump or a Deficient TAR Process?

TAR TalkThat’s the topic of our recent TAR Talk podcast.* We talked about the recent decision by the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia In Re Domestic Airline Travel Antitrust Litigation, 2018 WL 4441507 (D.D.C. Sept. 13, 2018), an antitrust class action lawsuit against the four largest commercial airlines in the United States—American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Southwest Airlines, and United Airlines.

The declarations around this decision prompted much discussion in the e-discovery world, particularly for those using technology-assisted review (TAR) in the review process. The argument was based on United’s core document production. The plaintiffs called it a deficient TAR process and complained that they were forced to review mountains of non-relevant documents (aka, a document dump). Continue reading

Catalyst to Host CLE Webinar on the Legal Ethics of Technology Assisted Review

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We invite you to join us for free webinar,  The Legal Ethics of Technology Assisted Review (TAR) on Wednesday, Dec. 13th. This program is accredited for one hour of ethics CLE credit. Our speakers are Bob Ambrogi, John Tredennick and Tom Gricks.

More than 28 states now say lawyers have an ethical duty to be competent in technology. Bob Ambrogi, keeps a running list of these states on his Law Sites blog. Continue reading