Craig Ball amd the Page Equivalency Myth in E-Discovery

By at 27 August, 2007, 10:48 am

E-discovery. Think about what this term brings to mind.  One of the first things for most lawyers is how expensive complying with e-discovery requests can be.  Often times, e-discovery vendors will provide pricing information using a per gigabyte pricing level based on the number of pages they believe that gigabyte of data equals.  But what does this really mean as far as the number of actual pages of data that may or may not be involved?  Whether you're a solo attorney in a transactional practice or partner and am Law 100 law firm, e-discovery is now a fact of life when practicing law.

Craig Ball in Expert Explodes Page Equivalency Myth written for Law.Com, tries to dispel some of the myths and disinformation regarding how many pages of data are actually contained in a gigabyte.  According to Craig,

"So how many pages are in a gigabyte of data? Lawyers know this answer: "It depends." To know, perform a data biopsy of representative custodians' collections and gauge — don't guess — page volume."

Essentially, not all file types are created equal when it comes to determining how many pages are contained in a gigabyte of storage.  Documents in Plain or Rich Text Format take up less space than the same document saved in Microsoft Word and all of these require less storage space than those documents that are saved in either Tagged Image File (TIF) or Adobe PDF.

I think this article is definitely worth five minutes of your time to review and ultimately, to bookmark for future use.

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