Additional quality characteristics for the product that are important to the users were determined through an anonymous online survey. This survey was conducted to gauge the attitudes of historical archaeologists and researchers, managers and practitioners from associated fields, with regard to artefact databases and the two primary databases created by the EAMC project.
A total of 96 responses were collected. Most participants (43%) were from the CRM field, a third from the tertiary sector and the remaining 20% were from the government and museum sectors. Most participants (76%) were or had at one point been artefact specialists or assistants. Only half listed historical archaeology as their primary field of research (other interests were prehistory and classics).
One quarter of participants use artefact databases at least once a week and a further 25% used them once a month. Nearly two-thirds had used, created or commissioned a database or interactive spreadsheet—revealing the dependence of historical archaeologists and specialists of databases.
The primary quality metric must be ease of use for the Consultant Archaeologists to lodge their datasets. Obstructing them in this respect will reduce the number and quality of potential datasets and metadata available to the system.