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ICAIL 2007 Workshop on

Supporting Search and Sensemaking for

Electronically Stored Information in Discovery Proceedings

(DESI Workshop)

June 4, 2007 Stanford, CA


Legal applications of search technology have been of longstanding
interest, and indexing techniques for legislation, regulations, and case
law are highly developed.  While work on those topics continues,
interest in a new class of digital evidence management applications,
often referred to as "E-Discovery," is increasing rapidly, in part
because electronically stored information (ESI) has become a pervasive
component of many routine commercial and government activities.  These
applications raise important new challenges for the legal search
community, including:


- New types of materials, including informal language (e.g., in

   instant and text messaging), extreme content diversity (as is common

   in email), and nontext applications and new media (e.g., voicemail,

   photographs, video).


- Unprecedented requirements for scalable work processes, with

   million-document collections, and billion-document collections

   likely not too far in the future.


- Management of a complex array of interlocking rights and privileges

   (e.g., personal privacy, attorney-client privilege, and executive

   privilege in government).


No existing community possesses the expertise to attack these challenges
alone, so our goal is to bring together researchers and practitioners
with relevant expertise to begin crafting a research agenda to address
these new challenges.  Participation is invited from all interested
parties, including those with backgrounds in:


- Archives and records management

- Computational linguistics

- Digital evidence management

- Human-computer interaction

- Human information behavior

- Information retrieval

- Information security

- Legal informatics

- Litigation support




Two types of written contributions are invited:


- Original papers describing research or practice, which may be

   selected for oral or poster presentation.  Research papers should

   not exceed 10 pages in length, and shorter papers are welcomed (no

   minimum length is specified).  Accepted papers will be included in

   the working notes of the workshop that will be distributed in print

   to participants and posted on the Web.


- Brief (typically 1-2 page) position papers describing individual

   interests, for inclusion (without review) in the working notes and

   on the web site.  Brief descriptions of this type are particularly

   valuable when bringing together diverse research communities.

   Additionally, these papers can help with our selection of

   discussants, lunch table discussion leaders, and panelists.

   Participation in the workshop is open, so prior submission of

   position papers, while strongly encouraged, is not strictly



Important Dates (all 2007):


April 23  Research paper submissions due (to [log in to unmask]) April
30  Position paper submissions due

May 7   Notification for research papers

May 2   Camera ready version of accepted research papers due

June 4       DESI Workshop

June 5-7  ICAIL conference


Organizing committee:


Jason R. Baron, National Archives and Records Administration David D.
Lewis, David D. Lewis Consulting Douglas W. Oard, University of Maryland
Paul Thompson, Dartmouth College


Additional information:


Additional background and details on planned activities is available on
the workshop's Web page at


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