Panel #1: E-Discovery

(Tuesday, October 28, just before lunch)

It is common practice in the U.S. for courts to require that the parties to a legal case make available to one another all material relevant to the case, including electronically held data and documents. For large corporations, such relevant information may encompass terabytes of e-mail and other files spanning many years. The challenge of E-Discovery in response to a court order is (in a relatively short amount of time) to identify, assemble, individuate, access, categorize, and analyze an organization's electronically held material, segregate all "privileged" material (which can be legally withheld), and present to the court all (and only) the required documents. The techniques needed to accomplish such a task necessarily include search, clustering, classification, filtering, social network analysis, extraction, and more -- and no one of these is sufficient. The panel will describe this problem in detail, providing additional background and context on E-Discovery generally, and will explore specific techniques and cases that amply demonstrate why E-Discovery is quintessentially a "CIKM" problem -- multi-disciplinary, multi-technology, and "multi-difficult."

David A. Evans
President, CEO, and Chief Scientist
JustSystems Evans Research

"Why E-Discovery is a CIKM-Hard Problem"
David A. Evans
President, CEO, and Chief Scientist
JustSystems Evans Research

"Panning for Gold in E-Discovery: What Every Information Scientist
Should Know About the Way Lawyers Search for Electronic Evidence"
Jason R. Baron
Director of Litigation
National Archives and Records Administration

"IR Perspectives on the E-Discovery Problem"
Chris Buckley
Sabir Research

"Technical Cases Studies from the E-Discovery Front Lines"
Robert S. Bauer
Chief Technology Officer

Panel #2: The Social (Open) Workspace

(Tuesday, October 28, last session)

Social networking promises individuals new dimensions of freedom to interact, associate, and give expression to their talents. Recently, systems such as Mechanical Turk have started to facilitate self-organizing collaboration on work-related tasks. Such developments raise interesting questions. Is it possible to create (and sustain) businesses that do not have traditional, formal structure -- without traditional "employees?" Can we find and organize (and optimize) talent on the web for task-oriented work -- spontaneously and efficiently? How do people relate to one another in possibly evanescent workgroups? One aspect of the challenge in the Social Workspace is understanding and modeling the user behavior and the economic basis for creating, preserving, and exchanging value in the marketplace when workgroup identity, orientations to property, recruiting and managing appropriate talent are not organized under traditional company structures. Another aspect is the technology needed to support virtual organizations and work. The panel will discuss trends in social work and the evolving (scientific) basis of our understanding of new models of workers and organizations.

David A. Evans
President, CEO, and Chief Scientist
JustSystems Evans Research

"Automating Knowledge"
Susan Feldman
Research Vice President,
Search and Digital Marketplace Technologies

"How to Augment Social Cognition"
Ed H. Chi
Area Manager and Senior Research Scientist
Palo Alto Research Center (PARC)

"Trust and Design in Social Systems"
Natasa Milic-Frayling
Principal Researcher
Director of Research Partnership Programme
Microsoft Research (Cambridge)

"Using Social Networks for Social Work"
Igor Perisic
Director of Search

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