We are currently charting out several aspects of our digital preservation process, and as a last effort to get this ever so right, I've decided to ask the broader public for considerations:
In my business we have no timeline, but we work to consider digital archeologists 500+ years in the future. We've been recommended camera equipment from the National Archives: Nikon Z 7 that fit within our budget, but there are no particular guidelines as to what light, settings or other options we should use. Replies from them were "best possible options".
Space is not of any concern, but we would like for the files to be of reasonable size. So far we have landed on NEF + TIFF 16bit for preservation storage, and TIFF 8bit for access with todays technology. We use X-Rite for color correction.
What we haven't really touched on, are settings such as ISO, distance from object, DPI, temperature and possibly a lot more. What EXIF, XMP, IPTC data should we store, what color profiles and so on. We want the best possible outcome with what we have available, when we consider factors such as Machine learning (e.g. image recognition) and digital archeologists in the future?
Another aspect is that to ensure readability (Focus) we use glass on top of the object. Are there considerations here in regard to glass color, is glass the best material for this?
If anyone has any comments or maybe someone with experience from this kind of work can share their thoughts?