The due diligence process that lawyers must endure when preparing for a trial is tedious and time consuming. It is difficult to keep track of what information has been reviewed and how to keep track of potentially important findings. The Information Triage Table Design is a proposed solution that allows multiple users to import and explore enormous amounts of data and flag interesting content for further exploration.
The design includes a method for scanning print documents, and importing digital documents and media files while extracting meta information to make ‘best guesses’ at categorization. The visual interface allows users to explore data across time to understand trends regarding when evidence is collected. This is especially helpful in long investigation processes. Controls to zoom, filter and jump to details contain visual cues that help provide context regarding what to expect from the content. Thus, helping to alleviate the potential for continually ping-ponging down irrelevant paths into the data. Once information is found that is relevant to the task, the user can save this information to a ‘bucket’ of more manageable and relevant data. Although not represented in the attached document, the user would then be able to use technology like NFC or Bluetooth to transfer their bucket to a laptop or tablet for use away from the table. Ideally this would happen when the device is laid on the table itself.
The goal of this design is to create a system to provide an ‘educated’ first take at categorizing the information into themes or ‘piles’ (familiar paper metaphor), then allow the users to view and explore this sometimes massive amount of content in a single contextual view.
The attachment below is contains the feature and interaction design wireframes for the interface.