Gaia-X Hub Austria VISION

WHAT: The European Gaia-X initiative stipulates a model that is fair and open to everyone, and on the basis of which organizations of all types can exchange data and establish data-based business models.

WHY: The ever-increasing pace of digitalization in all areas of life means that the prosperity of the current and future generations will be affected significantly by success (or lack thereof) in the area of data-based business models. For this reason, organizations of all types are developing new and innovative digital business models. Organizations employing the Gaia-X ruleset will be able to trust that they can maintain control over their data, reduce the dependency on individual cloud providers, and significantly decrease their individual costs and technical implementation risks relating to the establishment of data exchange systems.

FOR WHOM: Austria’s innovative businesses that are successful today thanks to their outstanding technological capabilities can maintain their existing market positions as well as achieve new value creation by way of data-based business models. Public administration organizations in various areas including security, education, transport, health, and citizen services can develop effective and modern services using innovative models for data exchange and processing. The purpose of Gaia-X is to significantly accelerate these undertakings and support them comprehensively.

Gaia-X Hub Austria MISSION

The Gaia-X Hub Austria will ensure that no time is wasted for Austria as a business location during this essential phase of the digital transformation – rather, that politics, science and education, industry, administration, and civil society organizations participate in the European Gaia-X initiative actively and at the cutting edge wherever possible.

To support the Gaia-X vision effectively, visibly, and sustainably, the Gaia-X Hub Austria will pursue the following four strategic areas of activity for all involved or interested Austrian organizations and individuals until the end of 2023:

The Gaia-X Hub Austria will establish itself as the first point of contact for Gaia-X in Austria. It will ensure all work results, guidelines, documentation, and open-source codes are made accessible to all interested stakeholders in Austria in a timely, uncomplicated, and comprehensible fashion.

The Gaia-X Hub Austria will support Austrian organizations in their adoption of data-based business models and enable Austrian businesses of all sizes to initiate or participate in innovative implementation projects. This will allow them to obtain experience, acquire know-how, and increase their competitiveness on the European market.

The Gaia-X Hub Austria will help organizations to network efficiently and establish independent work groups and concrete alliances for implementation. The Hub will facilitate access to national and international funding programmes and showcase successful Austrian implementation projects in other EU countries. The Gaia-X Hub Austria will also ensure the greatest possible synergy with relevant Austrian initiatives and programmes.

The Gaia-X Hub Austria will establish a strong network with other national Hubs – especially with those in neighbouring countries and Eastern European states. The purpose of this powerful concerted voice is to ensure that topics and questions particularly relevant to Austria are heard at the European level, that Austrian projects are appropriately presented, and that the Austrian influence on decisions pertaining to the data economy at the EU level is increased.