Sedona Conference® Database Principles - Addressing the Preservation & Production of Databases & Database Information in Civil Litigation
The Sedona Conference® Database Principles - Addressing the Preservation & Production of Databases & Database Information in Civil Litigation. A Project of The Sedona Conference®Working Group on Electronic Document Retention & Production (WG1), March 2011 Public Comment Verson, by the The Sedona Conference®. Editor-in-Chief: Conrad J. Jacoby"Disputes over the discovery of information stored in databases are increasingly common in civil litigation. Part of the reason is that more and more enterprise-level information is being stored in searchable data repositories, rather than in discrete electronic files. Another factor is that the diverse and complicated ways in which database information can be stored has made it difficult to develop universal “best-practice” approaches to requesting and producing information stored in databases. The procedures that work well for simple systems may not make sense when applied to larger server-based systems. Similarly, retention guidelines that make sense for archival databases—that is, databases that add new information without deleting past records—rapidly break down when applied to transactional databases where much of the system’s data may be retained for only thirty days—or even thirty seconds."