The GAIA-X organization has now officially obtained the status of an international non-profit association under Belgian law (Association internationale sans but lucratif, AISBL). In September 2020, the 22 founding members had signed and submitted the founding documents.
Since that date, more than 200 companies and research organizations have applied for membership in the association. The association’s board of directors will review the applications in early March and make a decision on admission.
Following the GAIA-X Summit in November 2020, the association is currently organising various web seminars for its members and interested parties. The first event, organised by the Association’s Technical Committee, will take place on February 17th, 2021. The committee will offer insights into the latest progress of the work packages through a virtual Technical Deep Dive, and the community will share demos and ideas about GAIA-X’s technical development.
Launched in 2019 with the goal of developing a trustworthy and sovereign digital infrastructure based on European rules, GAIA-X is a digital ecosystem regulated by its members. The initiative is working to create an environment in which data can be shared and stored under the control of data owners and users; and where rules are defined and respected, so that data and services can be made easily available, compiled and exchanged. GAIA-X claims to have the potential to create unprecedented opportunities for innovative, data-driven business models and new solutions that help European industries and companies of all sizes to scale up and compete globally. The result shall be a strong foundation for next-generation infrastructure that meets the needs of business, science, and society.
Founding Members of GAIA-X are: 3DS Outscale, Amadeus, Atos, Beckhoff Automation, BMW, Bosch, CISPE, DE-CIX, Deutsche Telekom, Docaposte, EDF, Fraunhofer Gesellschaft, German Edge Cloud, IMT, International Data Spaces Association, Orange, OVH, PlusServer, Safran, SAP, Scaleway, and Siemens.