Exporting Load Files

Once your search is complete and the data is fully processed, you can export it to a load file for use with a review tool for analysis and production. One of the most common ones is Relativity's load file, which is a type of file used in litigation that contains metadata, extracted text, and native files. Load files are in a format, usually .dat, .csv, or .txt, that can be read by popular eDiscovery software. While there are many different flavors of load files, they all serve the same general purpose: they can be used by litigation support software to import (load) information about case related documents. With NetGovern, you can export Load Files in CSV based or EDRM compatible format.

Load files are useful for early case assessment, filtering data, and narrowing a data set. A load file can be used within eDiscovery software so that the documents can be viewed, searched, and filtered. Information for each document is contained in multiple files. An image file is created, which is simply an image of the document. When image files are converted to .tiff, information such as textual content and metadata is lost. Also lost is the ability to search for information contained in the document. To remedy this, so that the documents may be searched after being loaded into eDiscovery software, additional files are created containing the metadata and document contents. When opened in Relativity, the load file ties all the information together by connecting the image files to the right text and metadata files.

Once you have exported a load file (.dat format), a .zip file is created which contains the load file at the root of the folder. The load file describes the contents of the folder and their metadata. eDiscovery software, such as Relativity, can point to a load file, read it, and understand the data in the subfolders.

A load file is basically a comma delimited text file that you can open with any basic text editor.

After you have exported a load file for your matter, it can be imported into Relativity for further case assessment.

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