Sunday, February 20, 2011

EDD: Electronic Data Discovery: Reasonably Accessible Metadata Must Accompany Documents Sent by Federal Agencies Responding to Freedom of Information Act Requests

At Fast Takes on Scheindlin's Latest Opinion

The Common Scold informs us that:
Shira U.S. District Court Judge Shira Scheindlin, perhaps the most influential jurist in the development of electronic data discovery protocols, has issued another opinion that has the EDD community a-flutter, ruling on Feb. 7 that metadata must accompany documents that federal agencies send in response to Freedom of Information Act requests.
Read the full thing.

As someone who hates the closed and often obscure PDF format which if locked does not permit sensible searches or clipped excerpts of text or information, we loved this one, as The Common Scold writes:
"Among her admonishments, Scheindlin declared that "Responding parties should produce reasonably accessible metadata that will enable the receiving party to have the same ability to access, search and display information as the producing party.""
Right on.

Judge Scheindlin should also write essentially the same to all the academics in this world producing inaccessible online garble in various formats.

President Obama Meets with Internet Company Leaders about the Role of Social Media in Political Protests

The next thing you know they will be inviting bloggers like LawPundit to clear up the big picture.

For the report see:


Online Privacy in a World of Social Networking in a Special Series at PBS MediaShift by Mark Glaser and Others

Five articles in the series by Peters, Hiar, Benkoil, Frazier, & Glaser
and a 5Across debate with
"Yahoo's Anne Toth, EFF's Lee Tien, California Office of Privacy Protection's Joanne McNabb, CNET's Declan McCullagh and Stanford's Ryan Calo. Hosted by Mark Glaser."
Take a look.

MediaShift . Special Series: Online Privacy | PBS

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