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Digital Repository Service

A photograph of the DRS homepage

The DRS was developed by Northeastern University Libraries as a tool for University faculty and staff to protect the valuable information and data that has been created as part of the University’s research and instructional mission. It provides long-term security for the files it stores to help ensure that data is as accessible and usable in the present and the future.


Why the DRS?


Who is the DRS for?


What can be found in the DRS?

Anyone is welcome to use the DRS to discover publicly available content, like theses and dissertations [4] or the University Archives and Special Collections Digital Collections [15]. Members of the Northeastern community are encouraged to sign in to access additional content that is not available to the general public, like photographs from the Office of Marketing and Communications or certain research materials.


How can I add my work to the DRS?

Members of the Northeastern community can deposit material in the DRS using a few methods:


Technology and Workflow

The DRS has powerful workflow management features. You may give all or some members of your community permission to submit, edit file descriptions, and/or publish files. Library staff are available to advise you on workflow arrangements that will work best for your community.



DRS Search Results


CERES: The Community Enhanced Repository for Engaged Scholarship

The DRS API can be used to present repository data in other venues, such as departmental portals and digital research projects. To simplify this process, the DSG has built the CERES Exhibit Toolkit [16], a WordPress plugin that uses the DRS API to publish DRS collections or sets of material in a WordPress site that can be customized based on the specific needs of a project. Project teams can use sliding galleries, maps, timelines, and other tools to embed DRS files into their WordPress website. Using CERES ensures that project materials and data are securely stored in repository storage maintained by the Library, while allowing project teams to customize and control how those materials are published on the web. Examples of project websites created using CERES can be found in the CERES project showcase [17].

Visit the CERES information page [16] to learn more about CERES or contact the DSG [18] to discuss using CERES for your project.



The DRS was developed using series of open source technologies that have been widely adopted in the digital repository community. The underlying storage architecture of the repository is Fedora [19] (Flexible Extensible Digital Object Repository Architecture). The interface was built using Samvera [20], which is a suite of tools and technologies that processes the files and metadata stored in Fedora so users can interact with them in a meaningful way.


Getting Help

The DSG offers a variety of services to help users get started with the DRS, including consultations, trainings, workshops, and general guidance: