The loneliness of the long-distance document reviewer: e-discovery and cognitive ergonomics

Attfield, Simon ORCID logoORCID:, De Gabrielle, Stephen and Blandford, Ann The loneliness of the long-distance document reviewer: e-discovery and cognitive ergonomics. In: DESI III Global E-Discovery/E-Disclosure Workshop: A Pre- Conference Workshop at the 12th International Conference on Artificial Intelligence and Law (ICAIL 2009), 08 Jun 2009, Barcelona, Spain. . [Conference or Workshop Item]


The need to manually review documents in e-discovery imposes considerable overhead in terms of cost and time, and challenges the capacity for the legal system to perform ediscovery matters effectively. Approaches to this problem to date have principally focussed on improving search as a precursor to review. We argue that as a complement to this we should also consider issues of Human-Computer Interaction in relation to the review task itself. To develop this point we draw on data from our own case-studies of e-discovery which indicate that document reviewers would benefit from support in drawing together emergent document
classes. By emergent documents classes we mean groups of related irrelevant documents and groups of related relevant documents which the reviewer becomes aware of during the
review task. Many traditional review systems fail to assist the reviewer in this and so adversely affect cognitive momentum and, we predict, the efficiency and effectiveness of the task. In the light of this we discuss interface design approaches which might offer better alternatives, including a series of interactive information visualisations.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Research Areas: A. > School of Science and Technology > Computer Science
Item ID: 11798
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Depositing User: Shrikant Chavan
Date Deposited: 27 Aug 2013 11:16
Last Modified: 13 Oct 2016 14:28

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