About CERES Exhibit Toolkit

The CERES Exhibit Toolkit helps you securely store your digital collections and then create websites and curated exhibit pages using WordPress. This lets you create dynamic and customizable web pages based on digital objects securely stored in the DRS. By storing those digital objects in the DRS, CERES assures that the collections used in the exhibits, with all associated metadata, remain preserved and available to projects and end users in the future.

How It Works

The Digital Repository Service (DRS) is a Fedora/Hydra repository that publishes items and their metadata through an API. The Northeastern University Libraries created a specialized WordPress plugin that uses the API to pull digital objects from the DRS into WordPress. This creates dynamic displays where, as item metadata is updated or new items are added to the DRS, that new information is automatically pushed to the WordPress site.

Northeastern University Libraries also created a series of shortcodes, which are customizable chunks of PHP code within WordPress. These shortcodes provide a friendly, clickable interface that lets you not only select items from the DRS to display, but also lets you arrange items in many different ways. You can embed pictures within a long text narrative, as well as create more visually stimulating exhibits such as a rotating carousel, map, timeline, or Pinterest-style gallery.

These functions are pulled together through a customized WordPress theme that offers end-users many typical WordPress design options while allowing DSG staff the standardization we need to ensure functionality in the future. To see this framework in action, see our Projects Showcase.

Here we've included an in-depth guide on the features and functionalities CERES offers. If you'd like to read more, download the guide.