In order to realize the principles and values of Gaia-X, appropriate software components referred to as Gaia-X Federation Services (GXFS) are currently being developed under the coordination of the Gaia-X Association. Their purpose is to allow organizations to exchange data with one another while maintaining control over their use. Examples of specific GXFS are the identification of participating organizations, the presentation of available data services, automated monitoring of the observation of Gaia-X rules, or notarial services for the preparation of contracts.
The Gaia-X Association publishes all GXFS specifications and makes the entire software code available to everyone via open source: industrial enterprises, SMEs, start-ups, research facilities, public administration organizations, developers, and IT and cloud service functions. All of these stakeholders can present their products and services, exchange data, and jointly develop innovative business models on the basis of the Gaia-X principles and with the help of the GXFS.
The Gaia-X project is intended to promote innovation in all economic sectors and mitigate the increasing dependence on a handful of monopolistic organizations. While Europe may have already lost the race for dominance on the cloud infrastructure market, the cards for dealing in data are only just now being shuffled.
Gaia-X provides a framework embracing fundamental European principles: sovereignty, openness, fairness, security, and trust. It will therefore serve not just a scant few major players but instead allow countless companies and organizations worldwide to participate in the digital market more easily.