Litigation Support Tip of the Night

September 12, 2019

Relativity has a short message format which should be used for messages exported from Slack, Skype, Instant Bloomberg chat, or standard mobile phone SMS messages.   A .rsmf file should include a .zip file attachment, that cannot be encrypted.  A manifest file inside the zip file should have a JSON file at its root.  These individual JSON files will include the names of participants in messages, and the titles of their conversations - a new and valuable source of metadata.   The JSON files will also record events, and can show if a message was deleted.   The format appears this way:

Relativity Short Message Viewer is used to display the messages in a workspace.   A version of the message is recreated in html.   Slightly different styles will be used for different message types.  Slack messages look like this:

. . . and Bloomberg chats look like this:

The viewer includes a timeline that you can use to restrict a review to a particular date range.   

Hovering over an icon will give you a summary of the number of participants, message total, and date range of a conversation.   

September 7, 2019

If you're curious about the popular collaboration software Slack, you can download a free version for Windows 10 here.  You are given the option to create your own workspace.  

The free version of Slack will give you a general idea of how it works.   When attachments are shared with other members of the group, they will get a preview of the attachment's content. 

The application allows for far more integration between users.  An individual user can indicate to the group whether or not they are currently working. 

Analytics will show which messages are being read in private and public channels.

Slack can be set to remind you about specific posts. 

New threads can be started which are based on individual posts. 

As with Twitter, individual users can be linked to by preceding their name with the @ symbol.   The Activity section (activated by clicking on the @ symbol in the top right) will show when you have been mentioned or when designated keywords have been used on Slack. 

Phone calls can be initiated through Slack, direct messages can be sent between users, and individual posts can be reacted to with emojis. 

July 23, 2019

This week Slack released a new version of its desktop application which will load 33% more quickly, while using half as much RAM.  Performance will also be enhanced in the new version through its ability to take use of the app in multiple workspaces into account.  RAM is saved because a separate instance is not created for each workspace.  Calls made through Slack will also be connected 10 times as fast. 

Users now have the ability to continue to review messages in Slack when their internet connection is interrupted.   In the enterprise version, drafts will be saved across different workspaces.  

See the announcement posted here by Slack, and the below demonstration of the difference in load speeds by The Verge, an online magazine focusing on technology. 

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Sean O'Shea has more than 15 years of experience in the litigation support field with major law firms in New York and San Francisco.   He is an ACEDS Certified eDiscovery Specialist and a Relativity Certified Administrator.

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