EDRM – the Electronic Discovery Reference Model – was created in May 2005 to address the lack of standards and guidelines in the electronic discovery (e-discovery) market – a problem identified in the 2003 and 2004 Socha-Gelbmann Electronic Discovery surveys as a major concern for consumers and providers alike.

The completed reference model provides a common, flexible and extensible framework for the development, selection, evaluation and use of electronic discovery products and services. The completed model was placed in the public domain in May 2006.

EDRM was co-founded by e-discovery experts and consultants George Socha and Tom Gelbmann. Since 2005, over 300 e-discovery experts, vendors and end-users from more than 125 organizations have worked together to develop standards and frameworks for addressing e-discovery challenges.