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Ask E-STET: Your eDiscovery Questions Answered

E-STET regularly features common eDiscovery questions and answers them in plain English. To see answers to additional questions, visit our eDiscovery FAQ.

Q: This is a little embarrassing to ask, but I still don't get how production data differs from regular data?

A: It's not embarrassing at all! A lot of times, people can get lost in the industry's tech jargon. Once we break down the three types of files in productions, you'll understand how productions are different and also get a better understand of the eDiscovery process overall.

In productions, three types of files are created: TIFF files, Load files, and Native files. All three can be reviewed easily in a platform like Relativity. In productions, the TIFF (image) files often have Bates stamps and redactions burned onto the image. Load files help maintain the metadata so all the files can be uploaded into the platform. Native files are the original files in their non-image format (for example, an email, a Word document, a 3D design .CAD files, or an Excel file).

Q: A friend of mine wants to know: what is fuzzy searching?

A: Fuzzy searching sounds kind of funny, but it's a really powerful tool that saves lots of time. Fuzzy searching pulls up words that are at least one letter away to the word being searches. Let's say you're searching for the word "clarify". Fuzzy searching would also pull up words like "clarity", "charity", "clarifies", and "clarified". The fuzziness level determines if your results include words that differ with one letter or more.

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