Who are we?
Gaia-X European Association for Data and Cloud AISBL represents the core of the organisational structure of the Gaia-X vision. It is an international non-profit association under Belgian law (French: association internationale sans but lucratif, shortened to AISBL). It has been founded with the goal to develop the technical framework and operate the Gaia-X Federation services.
Officially the Association was founded by 22 companies and organisations in January 2021. Until today, 343 members and growing, from all over the world have since joined and more are welcome. The Gaia-X Association, AISBL members are committed to upholding the values of data protection, transparency, security, and respect for data rights. They are either companies with a background as provider or user of data infrastructures, IT-start-ups, research institutions or business associations.
The Association has no business interest of its own. It will develop federation cloud services within the existing cloud infrastructures. To achieve this and to ensure an open and transparent character the Association facilitates the development of an open software infrastructure.
What we do ?
The Gaia-X Association will develop technical solutions and regulatory frameworks and ensure that necessary central facilities as well key federation services to guarantee the envisaged data infrastructure are made available.
The activities of the Gaia-X Association are based on three main objectives:
Specify – Architecture and Federation Services specification
Federation Services are the minimum technical requirements and services necessary for the operation of federated Gaia-X ecosystems. They connect the infrastructure and the data ecosystem. The Association will document, describe and validate the key ‘Federation services’. The AISBL will publish a ‘reference architecture’ which contains all existing and applicable existing standards, depicting the meta-model and the deployment of software components constituting it. In addition, AISBL will publish the specification of the federation services.
Implement – Open-source software code
The ‘reference architecture’ and the federation services specified by the Gaia-X Association need to become operational in practice. For this reason, the Gaia-X Association will develop an open-source ‘reference implementation’ (software code) based on the federation service specification.
Test – Instruments of certification
Each implementation based on the reference implementation of the Gaia-X Federation Services used in cloud/edges needs to be tested. The Gaia-X Association will provide guiding principles for an automated ‘conformity test’. The conformity check will validate the regulatory design and the correct implementation of the software.
The General Assembly is composed of all members of the Gaia-X Association. The General Assembly has full power to achieve the goals of the Gaia-X European Association for Data and Cloud AISBL.
The Board of Directors decides on important matters regarding the Gaia-X Association. It is headed by a Chairperson and Vice-Chairperson.
The Management Board manages the daily activities of the Gaia-X Association. The Management Board is composed of one Chief Executive Officer (CEO), one Chief Operating Officer (COO), one Chief Technical Officer (CTO) and one Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and further staff in the secretariat.
The Policy Rules Committee is responsible for endorsing policies and rules related to the Gaia-X Data Ecosystem and its operation (together the "Data Ecosystem Policy Rules"). The Committee is headed by one Chairperson and one Vice-Chairperson.
Learn more about the Policy Rules Committee.
The Technical Committee is responsible for all technical matters relating to the purpose of the Association. It decides on the Technical Architecture, the Architecture of Standards and the Open Source Software Portfolio, including the Federation Services. It manages the inputs from the work packages, coordinates demonstrators and use cases.
Read more about the Technical Committee.
The Data Space Business Committee supports the creation of data spaces. Its mission is to actively stimulate and support the establishing of Data Spaces across but not limited to Europe, build recommendations of best practices for data space commodities and related generic design principles.
Find out more about the Data Space Business Committee.