CEMA is glad to announce its new membership of Gaia-X, the European Association for Data and Cloud. Gaia-X will allow CEMA to strengthen its ties within the agricultural data ecosystem, and to develop a solid, secure agricultural data space.

Within Gaia-X representatives from business, science and politics on an international level create a proposal for the next generation of data infrastructure: an open, transparent and secure digital ecosystem, where data and services can be made available, collated and shared in an environment of trust. Its goal is to create a federated and secure data infrastructure. Companies and citizens will collate and share data – in such a way that they keep control over it. They should decide what happens to their data, where it is stored, and always retain data sovereignty.

The architecture of Gaia-X is based on the principle of decentralisation. Gaia-X is the result of a multitude of individual platforms that all follow a common standard – the Gaia-X standard.

Though Gaia-X aims at European and global scale, its structure includes the Gaia-X Hubs which are central contact points for companies, stakeholders, initiatives, associations, and public sector bodies in each country contributing to the Gaia-X project. A future network of Gaia-X Hubs will support the growth of a dynamic ecosystem bottom-up, from the national toward the international level.

The support of Gaia-x Hubs in the creation of data spaces is mainly what engaged CEMA to join the association. Their mission is to actively stimulate and support the establishing of Data Spaces across but not limited to Europe, build recommendations of best practices for data space commodities and related generic design principles.