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Chris Dale of the eDisclosure Information Project caught up with Barclay T. Blair (IGI Founder and Executive Director) at InnoXcell’s Legal Big Data Symposium in Hong Kong in March. Barclay discussed differences he observed between the US IG market and that in Hong Kong. He noted that the US is probably ahead of other global markets in terms of adopting IG policies, in part, because of experience garnered through litigation. But, he observed, Hong Kong is not far behind.


“The big variable that’s different, of course, is the effect of litigation on information governance practices. In the US, litigation is such a driving force in a way that is globally quite unique. Certainly it’s not the same factor here in Hong Kong. But what’s interesting is that, I think that a lot of the technology that’s been developed in the kind of trial by fire in the US to solve a lot of information challenges is very useful to banks and other institutions here in Hong Kong,” said Barclay.

Barclay noted the IGI’s interest in the development of information governance practices globally and discussed IGI’s efforts to benchmark organizations as part of the 2014 IGI Annual Report.



While you may agree that information governance is important—from managing risks to maximizing the value of your information assets—it’s hard to know where to get started. If your entity is new to IG, how do you even begin to set up an effective IG program?

Join Barclay T. Blair (IGI Founder and Executive Director) and Mary Mack (Enterprise Technology Counsel for ZyLAB) for the webinar, Information Governance – The First Step, to get some practical guidance on getting started with your first IG project, including how to sell it to the appropriate stakeholders. This one-hour webinar will be held on Wednesday, June 25, 2014 at 10:00 am PST/12:00 pm CST/1:00 pm EST. The program is approved for one hour of CA CLE credit. It is hosted by the Organization of Legal Professionals (OLP) and is free to OLP members. To learn more and to register, click here. The webinar is the second in a two-part series on information governance by ZyLAB, an IGI Charter Supporter.

The first webinar in the series, Information Governance: Why Corporations Need It, held on May 8, 2014, discussed the Information Governance Initiative and why IG programs are important.


“The reality here is that the direst problems that we face and the great opportunities we have around information will not be solved or available to us without very senior level vision and support. While a lot of the pain is maybe felt down in the trenches of inattention to information. Certainly, there are well publicized and well known occasions where that pain very rapidly becomes something that engulfs the CEO as we just saw with Target with their leader stepping down over a data breach. And of course, we can open the paper probably on any day and see evidence of that. What we are kind of mystified by is how, despite all of these high profile instances, is how the management of information has yet to really take hold as a discipline that is owned from the top down,” remarked Barclay.

To listen to the entire webinar, click here.



The eDJ Group, a research consulting firm aimed at “helping eDiscovery professionals get the information necessary to excel in their professions” is conducting a short, seven question survey on how analytic technologies are used in the discovery process.

Survey description:

Take eDJ Group's 2014 Analytic Adoption survey to see how you stack up in this evolving market segment. This seven question survey seeks to understand how analytic technologies are used and consumed in the discovery lifecycle. This survey should take no more than 5 minutes to complete. The survey results will be available in the eDJ Group Research Reports page after the survey has closed.

To take the survey, click here.

Reminder: There is still time to complete the 2014 IGI Annual Survey.



We are excited to announce that Kurt Wilhelm has joined the IGI Advisory Board. Kurt is the Director of Information Governance at NBCUniversal, Inc.

Kurt’s bio:

Kurt has over 13 years of experience in leading or collaborating on the development of information governance related policies and practices including records management, legal hold, privacy, and information security. He has provided guidance to a number of Fortune 500 organizations spanning a range of industries, Philip Morris International, HP/Autonomy and Citibank and has almost 10 years of experience prior working at two major international law firms based in New York. Last year he took on the newly created role of Director, Information Governance for NBCUniversal.

Kurt joins a talented group of individuals already on the IGI Advisory Board, a small group of senior professionals and subject matter experts representing the disciplines that together comprise the various facets of information governance. The Advisory Board provides feedback and direction on the IGI’s agenda and strategy. IGI will be announcing new board members in the coming weeks.



The International Law and Technology Association (ILTA) recently conducted a survey on what law firms are doing – if anything – about information governance (IG). While the survey found that IG was a recognized issue for a majority of respondents, most have yet to take action. In fact, about 15% of those surveyed have yet to formally undertake even an IG discussion, with most attributing this inaction to uncertainty over what IG actually means.

Reifying the concept of information governance and developing a general consensus among stakeholders are aims of entities like ILTA’s IG e-Group and the Information Governance Initiative. Indeed, solving the problem of information governance is likely impossible without a clear definition of what that problem is. The IGI’s upcoming 2014 Annual Report will advance a definition of information governance developed with the input of the IGI Community.

Most respondents in the ILTA survey were from law firms with 150 or more attorneys. Firms who are doing IG have put records professionals in charge (about 57%), CIOs (about 43%), as well as general counsels, compliance professionals, and privacy/security professionals (about 14% for each category). Interestingly, although records professionals were driving the IG efforts at these firms, according to two thirds of respondents, it was policy and compliance issues rather than traditional records management that were the firm’s chief focus with respect to IG.

To read ILTA’s full report of the survey results, click here.  To learn more about ILTA, click here.



In a recent interview, Barclay T. Blair (IGI Founder and Executive Director) discusses topics including the mission of the IGI, the definition of information governance, the upcoming 2014 IGI Annual Report, the emerging battle between Big Data and e-discovery, and the future of IG. When asked about the future of IG, Barclay explained that a successful adoption of IG would see it “embedded into the way that we do business” rather than as a separate discipline and market.


“We feel like there is a big problem out there, and the problem is that the people who actually own the information are actually behind the people who provide the solutions to their problems. In other words, we are not sophisticated enough, in many ways, to ingest nor to use the tools and techniques that are available to us to get information under control,” remarked Barclay.

To listen to the entire interview, “The Battle Between Big Data and E-Discovery,” click here.