GAIA‑X Enters the Next Phase 

The Ger­man Federal Minis­ter for Eco­no­mic Affairs, Peter Alt­mai­er, and French Minis­ter for the Eco­no­my and Finan­ceBru­no Le Mai­re, publis­hed the first archi­tec­tu­re paper on GAIA‑X. The lar­ge-sca­le pro­ject aims at streng­t­he­ning the com­pe­ti­ti­veness of Europe’s eco­no­my by estab­li­shing a sus­tainab­le and inno­va­ti­ve data infra­st­ruc­tu­re based on Euro­pean values and secu­ri­ty stan­dards. The Inter­na­tio­nal Data Spaces (IDS) Asso­cia­ti­on has a key role in laun­ching the GAIA‑X pro­ject. 

IDSA and GAIA‑X are the per­fect fit 

Data is an essen­ti­al resour­ce for eco­no­mic growth, com­pe­ti­ti­ve­ness and inno­va­ti­on in Euro­pe. GAIA‑X’s mis­si­on is to streng­t­hen digi­tal sov­er­eig­n­ty by empowe­ring the deve­lo­p­ment of inno­va­ti­on eco­sys­tems. This means that indi­vi­du­als, orga­niz­a­ti­ons and com­mu­nities stay in com­ple­te con­trol over stored and pro­ces­sed data and are enab­led to take inde­pen­dent decisi­on on who is per­mit­ted to have access to it. 

“The IDS refe­rence archi­tec­tu­re ser­ves as an initi­al impul­se for GAIA‑X. As a basis for an open eco­sys­tem, it enab­les pro­vi­der and con­su­mer of data to con­nect in a secu­re, inter­ope­ra­ble and sov­er­eign way. Com­bi­ned with high­ly avail­ab­le sto­rage and effi­ci­ent pro­ces­sing of data GAIA‑X has the poten­ti­al to crea­te a secu­re and trust­worthy data infra­st­ruc­tu­re based on Euro­pean values."

Dr. Rein­hold Achatz, CTO of thys­sen­krupp and chair­man of the board of IDSA

IDSA – a non-pro­fit orga­niz­a­ti­on with 110 mem­bers from 20 coun­tries – con­tri­bu­tes the know­ledge and tech­no­lo­gy to help shor­ten the time-to-mar­ket, a com­mu­ni­ty of prac­ti­ce and a net­work of inter­na­tio­nal hubs and liai­sons to sup­port know­ledge sharing and building up of requi­red skills in the data eco­no­my across Euro­pe and bey­ond Euro­pean bor­ders. 

GAIA‑X Foun­da­ti­on to make trust­worthy data sharing eco­sys­tems hap­pen 

To enab­le com­pa­nies to use ser­vices with the value pro­po­si­ti­on of IDSA and GAIA‑X, the data infra­st­ruc­tu­re needs to be imple­men­ted on an ope­ra­tio­nal level, based on com­mon­ly accep­ted stan­dards and policy rules. To this end, 22 com­pa­nies from Ger­ma­ny and from Fran­ce, estab­lis­hed the GAIA-X Foun­da­ti­on. The non-pro­fit orga­niz­a­ti­on stri­ves to sta­bi­li­ze and faci­li­ta­te work and coope­ra­ti­on wit­hin the GAIA‑X com­mu­ni­ty, to set up the archi­tec­tu­re of stan­dards for GAIA‑X and the necessa­ry ser­vices making trust­worthy data sharing eco­sys­tems rea­li­ty. 

IDSA is a foun­ding mem­ber of the GAIA‑X Foun­da­ti­on and will help to dri­ve inter­na­tio­nal coope­ra­ti­on in the are­as of Digi­tal sov­er­eig­n­ty and stan­dar­di­z­a­ti­on. The mutual­ly and by all mem­bers con­sen­su­ally agreed IDS refe­rence archi­tec­tu­re on data sov­er­eig­n­ty will be a cen­tral ele­ment of the GAIA‑X archi­tec­tu­re of stan­dards. It also meets the requi­re­ments from more than 50 indus­try-dri­ven pro­jects from all domains. 

Wstron­gly sup­port the GAIA‑X Foun­da­ti­on, con­tri­bu­ting our exper­ti­se and our net­work of asso­cia­ti­on mem­bers. Many part­ners of the GAIA Foun­da­ti­on are alrea­dy acti­ve in IDSA, and tog­e­ther we will set an important mile­stone for the Euro­pean eco­no­my.”

Lars Nagel, CEO of IDSA

To learn more about GAIA‑X and to down­load the docu­ments that have been publis­hed so far, visit

Final­ly, GAIA‑X is a major step towards the suc­cess of the Euro­pean Data Stra­te­gy. Get an over­view about the role of IDS in imple­men­ting the EU Data Stra­te­gy and crea­ting the Euro­pean Data Spaces.