Representatives of the German Federal Government, business and science want to work with European partners to create the next generation of data infrastructure for Europe: a secure, federated system that meets the highest standards of digital sovereignty while promoting innovation. This project is the cradle of an open, transparent digital ecosystem, where data and services can be made available, collated and shared in an environment of trust.

A Federated Data Infrastructure for Europe

The German Federal Government, business and science, are striving to set up a high-performance, competitive, secure and trustworthy data infrastructure for Europe. In Project GAIA-X, we have developed the foundations for a federated, open data infrastructure based on European values.

‘Project GAIA-X’ connects centralised and decentralised infrastructures in order to turn them into a homogeneous, user-friendly system. The resulting federated form of data infrastructure strengthens both the digital sovereignty of cloud service-users and the scalability and competitiveness of European cloud-service providers.

The cradle of a vibrant digital ecosystem

Europe makes extensive investments in digital technologies and innovative business models. We must ensure that those who drive innovations forward are also those who benefit in economic terms.

We see Project GAIA-X as the cradle of an open, digital ecosystem where data can be made available, securely collated and shared while enjoying the trust of its users. This open, digital ecosystem will help European companies and business models to scale up competitively worldwide. This is how we secure European value creation and employment.

Building upon Europe’s strengths: decentralised structures and a stronger SME sector

We are banking on Europe’s enduring strengths. Among others, these include the diversity of offerings, together with strong decentralised structures suitable to small and medium-sized enterprises. In this way, we link up the many investments in digital technologies made throughout Europe, enabling them to unfold an even greater effect.

Open to further collaboration

The openness to national and European initiatives with a similar objective gives the project a decisive impetus, directed at a joint European solution. Building upon existing solutions and their further development, we want to launch a competitive offer from Europe out onto the world market. Participation is also open to market participants outside Europe who share our goals of data sovereignty and data availability.

Stakeholders from industry, science and the state have developed a concept (Long version) (Executive Summary) which they presented at the Digital Summit on 29 October 2019.

Open for support

The project is open to participation by interested European partners who want to help us develop it further and build it. Our goal is to carry over the data infrastructure into a live system.

We welcome partners with technical expertise who can proactively support our work and who share our values and goals of data sovereignty and availability.
Shaping the digital evolution in Europe according to our needs can only be achieved in a joint effort.

If you are interested in getting involved, please contact us at data-infrastructure@bmwi.de.