The Digital Scholarship Group is now accepting proposals for the next round of CERES Exhibit Toolkit development! Please view our 2017 Call for Proposals for more information.

The CERES Exhibit Toolkit works with the DRS and uses a customized WordPress theme to help you to build curated exhibit pages about your work. The DSG development group has included several specialized plugins and shortcodes in order to make pages both dynamic and customizable. By utilizing the DRS, this toolkit assures that metadata associated with the exhibits is available to both projects and their end users.


Displaying DRS Items

The CERES Exhibit Toolkit is built on Hydra, allowing it to work seamlessly with the DRS. Using calls to the DRS’s Fedora-based API, it dynamically displays high-quality videos, images, and audio as well as metadata associated with those objects. By making it easy to display objects that are secure within the DRS, we hope to encourage projects that are built to last.


User-Friendly, Long-Term Support

The CERES Exhibit Toolkit offers a highly customizable and versatile base while still easily usable by those who have never worked with WordPress before. We have built a user guide that can help projects learn how to upload collections into the DRS, build exhibits, and use additional resources that are common in digital projects. And since all materials are stored in the DRS, projects don’t have to worry about materials or their metadata disappearing.


Documentation and User Guides

We’ve built a series of documentation and user guides to help projects learn to use the tools available in the CERES Exhibit Toolkit. There’s also information on additional resources that projects commonly use.

  • Learn how to use the CERES Exhibit Toolkit. [ read more ]
  • Read the DRS User Guide for the CERES Exhibit Toolkit. [ read more ]
  • See other resources for the CERES Exhibit Toolkit users. [ read more ]


Current Projects

We have several projects acting as pilots for the CERES Exhibit Toolkit. With their help, we’re making the toolkit into a user-friendly, highly customizable way to build exhibits. There is a full list of projects on our Active Projects page.


CERES Exhibit Toolkit Staff

Param Ajmera, DSG Research Assistant
Kaley Bachelder, DSG Research Assistant
David Cliff, Senior Digital Library Developer
Colleen Curtis, DSG Research Assistant (Alumn)
Dave DeCamp, NULab Fellow (Alumn)
Julia Flanders, Director, Digital Scholarship Group
Abbie Levesque, DSG Coordinator
Jim McGrath, DSG Coordinator (Alumn)
Greg Palermo, NULab Fellow and DSG Research Assistant
Amanda Rust, Assistant Director, Digital Scholarship Group
Sarah Sweeney, Digital Repository Manager
Eli Zoller, Web Developer and Designer


About the Digital Repository Service

The Digital Repository Service ( is a secure repository system designed to store and share the scholarly work from Northeastern University’s colleges, departments, faculty, and staff. The DRS was developed by Northeastern University Libraries as a tool for the University community to protect the valuable information and data that has been created as part of the University’s research and instructional mission. Because the DRS is built using Fedora, an open source repository system with a user-friendly API, objects stored in the DRS can be accessed and displayed using customized web-publishing tools, like Omeka, Drupal, or WordPress.

An example of this framework in practice is the Terp Talks video series portal from Northeastern’s National Interpreter Education Center. The site itself is built using WordPress, but the video content and metadata come from the DRS. For more information about the DRS, visit

If you don’t think the CERES Exhibit Toolkit is right for your project, but you’re still interested in securely storing project files in the repository, contact