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The IOTA Foundation Joins the Gaia-X Community

Building a federated infrastructure to host the next generation of data and services in Europe

What is Gaia-X, why does it exist, and how does it work?

Gaia-X is an initiative driven by leading enterprises, research institutions, and the European public sector, aiming to enable secure, open, and sovereign use of data in Europe and beyond.

Gaia-X is a federated infrastructure designed to host the next generation of interoperable data exchange and services. Infrastructure components include, but are not limited to:

sector-specific clouds, network and interconnectivity providers, edge devices.

All data and services running on top of the Gaia-X infrastructure enable the sovereign use of data by focusing on decentralization, interoperability, and transparency. Gaia-X gives back control to data owners and connects data spaces across centralized and decentralized infrastructure, as well as industry domains.

The German Ministry of Economic and Energy Affairs and the French Ministry of Economics initiated the program in 2019  to address citizens' concerns around data privacy and security, while increasing Europe’s digital sovereignty, and building a basis for data-driven digital innovation in Europe. Since then, it has received support from other European member states and was officially incorporated into a nonprofit registered in Belgium (Gaia-X European Association for Data and Cloud AISBL) to oversee activities across the ecosystem.

Today, Gaia-X has(or is) a community of over 500 members from the private, public, and academic sectors collaborating on one shared vision. Gaia-X members come from both European and non-European countries, ensuring a wide representation of interests. The community is organized along dynamic lines:

a vertical focus; such as the mobility, energy, and agriculture working groups; a regional focus, represented by national hubs. 5 reasons why the IOTA Foundation is involved We share the goa...
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