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Forget filing your discovery documents away in some basement storage closet or backing them up in piles of external hard drives. Logikcull, the eDiscovery company, is promising that it will reduce discovery archiving to its simplest form: a single drag and drop.
The company is offering one-step, cloud-based data archiving for users of its discovery automation products. That could make archiving as simple as uploading a photo to Facebook and doc review about as complicated as a Google search. And it won't cost you a million dollars either -- Logikcull announced early this August that it's allowing unlimited cloud-based data storage for its customers.
From Copy Paper to Instant Archiving
Logikcull has a unique origin story. The company was started in 2004 by two print shop employees in Washington, D.C. Like many print companies, this one handled a lot of legal business, plenty of it related to discovery. Indeed, Andy Wilson and Sheng Yang, Logickull's founders, were in charge of printing out, boxing, and mailing endless discovery documents during their time in the shop. No wonder they wanted to found a company that automated the whole process.
Though it's not as bad as shifting through a million printed emails, most eDiscovery can be inefficient and tedious. Logikcull's instant archiving claims that it will help remove those inefficiencies. With instant archiving, lawyers and support staff can simply drag information from their desktop to a web application and have it archived. According to Loikcull, the cloud-based archiving will preserve metadata, track chain of custody decisions, and help prevent spoliation.
More Perks, Some Complaints
There are a few other perks as well. First, subscribers to Logikcull's system don't have to pay per gigabyte, a rare feature among the eDiscovery and cloud-storage industries. Further, the uploaded documents are scanned with optical character recognition. That's the same technology that lets you convert scanned PDFs and images into editable, searchable text.
Of course, there are still a few kinks in Logikcull's system. Even the reviews hosted on their company website note that the product can have trouble handling production data from outside sources and can load a bit sluggishly. So don't expect discovery Valhalla just yet.
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