artident(ification) was an art project based on the virtual network el-drac, an artist network of more than 300 artists from over 30 countries. el-drac was founded in 2005 in Cervera del Maestre by Juan Petry and started with a group exhibition in the dragon house ( Casa del Dragon).
Part of the project was to develop useful tools for the artists. One of the tools was a large database to organize artworks, exhibition spaces and logistic issuses for artists. The database use was free and after a short time more than 20.000 art works where registered.
The founder Juan Petry had to shut down the service because of national and international law restrictions. Finally the renovated GDPR from may 2018 made it impossible for an artist to maintain a free-of-use-service online.
More data protection and security for each internet user might be a high and noble target. The price is, that several content provider and service provider left the internet space. Even artists will not be able to support all the implications of running and mainatining a website.