What is Art ID Standard Consortium— DID for ART
Digital transformation journey for artists and art galleries alike.
By Daniel Chun
Founder & CEO — ARTRACX
Member of ART ID STANDARD Consortium (link)
What is Art ID Standard ?
The concept for Art ID Standard (AIS) consortium is to adopt the use of Decentralised ID (DID). The art industry is lacking behind the digital transformation curve and many custom art catalog management systems are built under proprietary environment. Database structure, schemas, label definitions are often developed in silos to support their own operations and clientele’ need. There are very little data standardisation per se and one that support the “reuse” of these databases metadata within the extended art industry — from provenance, exhibition history, transactions, valuation to insurance.
So What is Art ID Standard, In a nutshell (from AIS website)
- A governance framework producing protocols for the creation and sharing of unique identifiers
- An identifier distributed on the blockchain, hence the D+ID (DID)
- A light registry (DID creators, objects) with look-up features
- An open (accessible by all) DID, parent to other identifiers
- Recommended protocols for verifiable credentials (VC), such as for authentication and provenance
- Reference designs to help with implementation
Currently, AIS has over 100 members around the world including art advisors, art galleries, dealers, academics, lawyers, tech companies and insurers
AIS is now officially setup as an NGO domiciled in Morocco. The organisation now has committees in governance, technical, NFT, funding and current committee members are formed as a collaboration / ad-hoc group from companies listed above. According to the chairlady Marianne Magnin of AIS, “Participants in the art market are highly selective in giving access to information, for insider knowledge commands respect, influence and remuneration.” New members are joining and applying each week and at AIS this is truly an international collaborative effort — “decentralised” “distributer”
Please refer to this blog article written by the chairlady Marianne Magnin herself on the vision of assigning unique digital identifiers has first begun back in 2020. https://www.artidstandard.org/post/assigning-unique-digital-identifiers-to-artworks
Another good article from Marianne Magnin on the art of identifying artworks can also be found here — https://www.artidstandard.org/post/the-art-of-identifying-artworks
Currently, ARTRACX is a member of AIS and actively participates in the governance and technical committee.
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