What is Gaia-X?

Gaia-X represents the next generation of data infrastructure: an open, transparent and secure digital ecosystem, where data and services can be made available, collated and shared in an environment of trust. 

How does Gaia-X work?

The architecture of Gaia-X is based on the principle of decentralisation. Gaia-X is the result of a multitude of individual platforms that all follow a common standard – the Gaia-X standard. Together, we are developing a data infrastructure based on the values of openness, transparency, and trust. So, what emerges is not a cloud, but a networked system that links many cloud services providers together.

What is Gaia-X

Who is behind Gaia-X?

Representatives from business, politics, and science from Europe and around the globe are working together, hand in hand, to create a federated and secure data infrastructure. Companies and citizens will collate and share data – in such a way that they keep control over them. They should decide what happens to their data, where it is stored, and always retain data sovereignty.

We spoke with the financial expert and co-leader of the Finance and Insurance Data Space, Patrick Laurens-Frings about the development of Gaia-X. In the interview, he revealed who will particularly benefit from this Data Space.

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Gaia-X is moving ahead with great strides: we are making progress both in technical development and in our organisational structure and the composition of our committees. Not only have the members of the Gaia-X Association elected the Board of Directors for the first time, but the specification for the first four Federation Services has also been completed. As a result, the opportunities for active involvement in Gaia-X are increasing.

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Following the establishment of the Gaia-X European Association for Data and Cloud AISBL in September 2020, the organisation's first Extraordinary General Assembly took place today – in a virtual format due to the pandemic. Member companies were invited to elect the first Gaia-X Board of Directors electronically, filling the organisation’s key positions for the next two years. Out of 64 candidates, 24 were elected as Board members and two as independent Board members.

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"It is great to be involved in such a unique initiative that will change the way we handle our data fundamentally. The Federation Services, as foundation of the federated data infrastructure, will enable us to connect in an interoperable and legally compliant way."

Emma Wehrwein, Gaia-X Federation Services, eco e.V.
Lars Albaeck
Harald Summa
Maximilian Ahrens
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