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BridgingtheGapsbetweenInformationManagementandE-discovery·Chapter3 57 Processing With the evolution from paper to digital records, electronic discovery processing must now support large varieties and volumes of evidence. Needless to say, information technology and automation are vital in ensuring that relevant data is available for review, production, and use. Technologies are now available to capture and preserve electronic documents as well as the metadata associated with collected files. These technology-based tools can automatically associate certain collections of documents with specific individuals, as well as set the parent-child relationship among source data files. Redundant data can often be automatically identified and eliminated using these tools, and keywords, date ranges, and more can be used to automatically suppress irrelevant material. Review Document review is another key stage in the e-discovery process. The early part of this stage is often used to sort through documents, separating responsive documents to produce from privileged documents to withhold. Later in this stage, legal teams will begin to better understand the facts of a case and be able to develop strategies based on the information collected. Managing the large volumes of electronic documents involved in the review process requires attention to a variety of information technology issues, from planning for the appropriate hardware and software to selecting tools for review, management, and production. Advances in data storage, search technologies, and online review tools are making these tasks easier to address.