The artifacts include:
- food-related knowledge/experiences,
- information about people/communities, and
- events/conversations that people have been willing to share.
These range from definitions of words to video interviews to reports, particularly reports of community-based research about food issues, or reports or maps or other knowledge for which a request has been made to Field guides authors.
The analysis involves some level of interpretation of these artifacts that explains why the artifacts have been shared. These can take the form of topic-based tags, commentaries or questions about the material, tables of contents (or maps or timelines or other navigation tools), and the collection of relevant metadata, such as who contributed to the artifact, who has used it for what purposes (and with what additions), where it can be found, and how it can be used.
Connections between parts of the field guides have been encouraged in the format of “learning modules”: kits/collections/pathways that people develop by linking together a collection of artifacts and analyses to show how and why the knowledge gathered can be shared and used.