iCONECT, a provider of litigation support and collaboration software, has contributed its XML knowledge to the Electronic Discovery Reference Model (EDRM) project in an attempt to develop an industry-wide Extensible Markup Language (XML) standard to facilitate easy transfer of electronically stored information (ESI) to and from applications involved in different phases of the discovery process. iCONECT was an active participant in various EDRM working groups and is now taking a role in promoting the EDRM XML Schema to become an approved OASIS standard. iCONECT products already have XML import and export features that enable clients to automate creating and updating databases. Manual steps such as creating a database structure are bypassed. Instead, XML load files provide the structure, data, image links, and any other information required to load data or create a new database.