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What is Gaia-X

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A Federated and Secure Data Infrastructure

Innovation through digital sovereignty – that’s the goal of Gaia-X. We achieve this by establishing an ecosystem in which data is made available, collated and shared in a trustworthy environment. The users always retain sovereignty over their data. So, what emerges is not a cloud, but a federated system that links many cloud services providers and users together.


Gaia-X Milestones

2019 – today
  • October 2019
    The German and French Ministries of Economic Affairs present the project Gaia-X
  • June 2020
    First expert forum and Ministers talk
  • September 2020
    Gaia-X Association submits founding documents
  • November 2020
    Gaia-X Summit with more than 5000 participants
  • November 2020
    Official founding of the first six Gaia-X Hubs
  • January 2021
    Official founding of the Gaia-X Association
  • June 2021
    First General Assembly and election of the first Board of Directors
  • September 2021
    Concept Gaia-X label
  • November 2021
    Gaia-X Core Services V1
  • November 2021
    Second Gaia-X Summit
  • January 2022
    Federation Services alpha version
  • April 2022
    Federation Services V1

How does it work

Gaia-X produces three main artefacts: the Specifications, the Open-Source Software Code, and the Labels to define a Gaia-X service. The Specifications describe how Gaia-X works in terms of compliance rules and technical requirements. The Code as a reference implementation automates the core elements of the control and governance framework. The Labels are automatically applied to a Gaia-X service to provide evidence of its level of trust and ease the adoption by users.

The architecture of Gaia-X is based on the key principles of federation, distributed consensus, decentralisation, and regulation by automation. The latter is meant to reduce the complexity and costs associated with the verification of the credentials of a service, by automating them as much as possible in technology.

Core elements of Gaia-X

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Federation Services

The Federation Services define the technical requirements and services necessary to operate the federated Gaia-X ecosystem. They ensure the highest possible security requirements and privacy protection.

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