Findings of the qualitative research

The findings of the survey and interviews with the collectors shed light on both the general situation and the value and nature of the individual collectors’ activity and artefacts. This information went into our research reports, which could later provide the basis for collection profiles for potential successor projects. Our assessment of the interviews with users provided even more specific information on the demand for and usage of artefacts and their transmission characteristics. The interviews were encoded to facilitate comparison. In this way, we were able to deduce the criteria which are considered important for the production, reception and evaluation of artefacts and documents. The findings of the questionnaire and interview assessments were applied to formulate descriptions of artefact types and served as the basis for the representation of artefacts in the model archive’s display.[1]

[1] For the descriptions of the various artefact types, see ‘Related documents’.