On Dec 3, 2007, the Electronic Discovery Reference Model (EDRM) group announced its XML standard for e-discovery of electronically stored information. This facilitates the transfer of electronic information (e.g., emails, files, databases) between e-discovery stages, software, and organizations. Without the XML standard, emails, files, and other electronic information are transferred in their native format (e.g., .DOC, .XLS, .MSG) or converted to a standard format such as PDF. With the XML standard all electronic information can be transferred more easily and accurately, providing improved e-discovery.
Over a dozen e-discovery vendors have already certified their products on the new standard and more are expected to follow. EDRM XML support is quickly becoming a standard feature for e-discovery.
You can learn more about the EDRM XML project here.