Dr Mike Lynch, the founder & CEO of Autonomy (yes, the people of own the iManage DMS business) is to give the SCL's 2011 annual lecture on 8th March in London. The topic is Information and the Law – the advent of meaning based computing.

Here's a little more about his topic… Legal professionals worldwide are facing an ever-growing onslaught of information that they must understand and manage. The information explosion has presented them with a raft of content and risk management challenges involving the search, retrieval, analysis and processing of human-friendly content. Client requests to reduce cost and risk while streamlining processes coupled with mounting pressures from government, regulators and the courts are prompting law firms to re-evaluate their information management practices. Furthermore, widely publicised cases involving disputes around electronic discovery are a constant reminder of the need to turn to technology for a new, more automated and proactive approach to legal information management to handle terabyte issues.

But “new” requirements to produce all Electronically Stored Information (ESI) are not at all new. The requirement to present all content pertinent to a case has been with us since Roman times and we are dealing with old principles in new clothes. The legal system is indeed playing catch up with technology and has to recognise that electronic human-friendly information is yet another data format that needs to be analyzed and assessed for a holistic view of a matter.

The Orange Rag will be attending and will report on the event.

* The SCL = The Society for Computers & Law or SCL – the IT Law Community. www.scl.org