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www.nlj.com“Big Data,” a name for new data-analysis technologies as well as a movement to develop real-world uses for these capabilities, holds big promise. With regard to the practice of law, the impact of these technologies on electronic discovery is likely the first practical application that comes to mind. Managing the burdens of the information explosion, including volumes of data that made manual review impractical, expensive, and less effective than necessary, was the last paradigm shift in the practice. With Big Data tools, the focus turns from managing the burden of large amounts of information to leveraging its value. See, e.g., John Markoff, “Armies of Expensive Lawyers, Replaced by Cheaper Software,” N.Y. Times, March 4, 2011.

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