How are Gaia-x and GXFS connected?
The architectural structure of Gaia-X is based on the principle of decentralisation. Gaia-X is the result of many individual data owners (users) and technology players (providers) – all adopting a common standard of rules and control mechanisms – the Gaia-X standard.
GXFS is a Gaia-X deliverable. It is the Gaia-X toolbox to create interoperable ecosystems following Gaia-X Reference Architecture.
Connecting the dots: Gaia-X, GXFS, Hubs, Communities and the Gaia-X Association
The organisational structure is built on three pillars: the Gaia-X AISBL, the national Gaia-X Hubs and the Gaia-X Community. Within these, there are various working groups and committees. The exchange within the pillars, between the pillars and beyond towards other stakeholders (e.g. EU Commission, international initiatives) is ensured.
The Gaia-X Hubs act as the voice of user ecosystems on a national level. They are the central contact points for companies, stakeholders, initiatives, associations and public sector bodies Their main objectives are to bundle national initiatives, develop ecosystems, and provide a central point of contact to interested parties in their respective countries.
The open-source Gaia-X Community comprises the entire, global Gaia-X network. Users and providers collaborate on work packages. Everyone is welcome to join the Community and contribute to the establishment of a federated data infrastructure.
Gaia-X European Association for Data and Cloud AISBL represents the core of the organisational structure of the Gaia-X vision. It is an international non-profit association under Belgian law. Its purpose and objective are to develop regulatory frameworks, ensure that necessary services are made available, consolidate and facilitate work and collaboration within the Gaia-X community, to represent the members of Gaia-X and promote international cooperation.
The Gaia-X Federation Services represent the minimum technical requirements and services necessary to operate federated Gaia-X Ecosystems of infrastructure and data. These services will leverage existing standards and open technology, e.g. open-source software. GXFS is a Gaia-X deliverable. It is the Gaia-X toolbox to create interoperable ecosystems following Gaia-X Reference Architecture.