The Persistent Digital Archives and Library System, or PeDALS, was a research project, from January 2008 to March 2012, which had two technical goals. First, was to develop a curatorial rationale to support an automated, integrated workflow to process collections of digital publications and records. Second, to implement "digital stacks" using an inexpensive, storage network that can preserve the authenticity and integrity of the collections.
In addition to those technical goals, PeDALS sought to build a community of shared practice so that the system meets the needs of a wide range of repositories that could then support the ongoing development of the system and promote best practices. To further that end, PeDALS strove to remove barriers to adopting the technology by keeping costs as low as possible.
The PeDALS research program ended March 3, 2012. Going forward the PeDALS partnership will be a loose consortium of the remaining active states. All partner states will continue to develop their digital archives repositories in their own technique.
Download the project brochure (PDF).
Download the Final Report to Library of Congress (PDF).