In archives we find all types of things from creative works such as books, letters, artworks, videos, web pages etc., to furniture, personal items, vehicles, fossils, rocks and of course the favourite box of things yet to be identified. From what I understand there are certain common categories of things such as physical creative works, digital creative works, physical containers of things identified or not, but it would be far too limiting to build our recommendations around these. The result is that we need to be able to describe anything that could be found in an archive which means anything!.
Fortunately in our world all these things have one aspect in common - they are in archives.
If we can establish a set of descriptive properties that would be of use in describing an item's place and role in an archive, we can then look to some, schema.org, techniques to apply them alongside other properties that are already available in the Schema vocabulary.
We could look to already existent standards, CIDOC-CRM or ISAD(G) for example, as a sources of inspiration.
Properties for discussion:
|a reference to the collection a thing is in
|state of preservation of an item
|box or digital file containing the item
|a curation event Type - linking where when and by who
|a reference to a CurationEvent
|of item, not necessarily the collection location
|info on creator, dates and circumstances of creation
|If the item is a CreativeWork much of this should already be available in Schema
|info on conditions governing access & use
|info on the description process, including authors, dates, methods
|May well be better handled by linking to description(s) - a CreativeWork in its own right