Gaia-X Finland domain working groups

Gaia-X Finland domain working groups

The work of Gaia-X Finland, like in the other national hubs in Europe, is organized into domain-specific expert communities. The participants of the domain working groups contribute their expertise and define and formulate their requirements for each data space.

  • August 19, 2021 at 10:00 am - December 30, 2023 at 4:00 pm
  • Online meeting

Gaia-X creates a framework for the growth of the data economy and the creation of data spaces based on European values and design principles. None of the major upheavals, such as smart cities, mobility or the circular economy can happen without digital innovations and the common rules about data sharing.

Finland’s maturity in frameworks and technology supporting cross-sectoral data sharing is unique. Let’s make sure our voice reaches the heart of Europe!

The first Finnish domain working groups started their work in August 2021. If you are interested in joining the work, please find the details of each group and register for the meeting. The working group meetings are published on the new Gaia-X Finland hub page from November 2022.

If you are interested in establishing and leading a new Finnish domain working group, please contact Gaia-X Finland.

Domain working groups


AgriFood group aims to cover all the actors in the smart food network according to the EU “From farm to fork” (Pellolta pöytään in Finnish) strategy. We welcome participants from both the private and public sectors. The goal of the group is to clarify the position of Finland related to data space developments in agriculture and food systems and to promote joint Finnish Gaia-X initiatives in European programmes.

Lead: Marko Turpeinen, CEO, 1001 Lakes, Adjunct and Professor, Aalto University
Previous meetings:
Wednesday 5 October 2022
Thursday 25 August 2022
Thursday 16 June 2022
Thursday 21 April 2022
Thursday 10 March 2022
Thursday 13 January 2022
Thursday 28 October 2021
Thursday 19 August 2021

Circular Economy

The Circular Economy WG is a key GAIA-X forum for national collaboration to explore business-driven opportunities to merge business goals with sustainability targets. The CE WG will be an active forum bridging the gap between the latest research outcomes with business needs for new economic competitiveness in the fields of e.g. smart and sustainable supply chain management, meeting the climate targets for businesses and other stakeholders.
It will work actively with other GAIA-X WGs for best practice sharing, cross-sectoral joint efforts and leading European and national initiatives in the area.

Lead: Inka Orko, Co-creation Manager, Industrial Circular Economy, VTT
Previous meetings:
Tuesday 25 October 2022
Thursday 29 September 2022
Thursday 5 May 2022
Tuesday 22 March 2022
Tuesday 15 February 2022
Thursday 27 January 2022
Thursday 13 January 2022
Tuesday 14 December 2021


Geoinformation domain working group promotes the use of spatial information in Finnish Gaia-X initiatives, in cooperation with the geospatial industry and organisations using spatial data; companies, public administration, educational, and research institutions. The goal of the group is to improve data interoperability between different domains by using geospatial information as a key component. The Digital Twin Finland concept is an example of an interdisciplinary geoinformation platform.
The working group is coordinated by GeoForum Finland, which promotes the use of spatial information and location intelligence in society. The network develops connections within the geospatial industry and connects to ecosystems using spatial data. 

Previous meetings:
Tuesday 29 March 2022
Wednesday 12 January 2022
Wednesday 24 November 2021
Wednesday 8 September 2021


Health group aims to build a bridge between rapidly growing European Gaia-X Health hub and the Finnish community of private, public and academic partners. The group offers direct channel to influence Gaia-X roadmap through active European community and potential to find good collaboration partners across Europe. 

Previous meetings:
Wednesday 21 September 2022
Tuesday 9 August 2022
Wednesday 15 June 2022
Thursday 9 December 2021
Monday 25 October 2021
Monday 20 September 2021
Thursday 26 August 2022

Industry Data

Utilisation of industry data is advancing in Finland and the GAIA-X Industry Data WG is an optimal forum to align the Finnish efforts with the European and global activities. In this WG, the Finnish stakeholders are actively seeking joint opportunities for data-enabled internal and external business opportunities. This work is done in close co-operation with other national industrial data communities such as the Finnish Industrial Internet Forum (FIIF) with joint events for maximum impact.   The Industry Data WG participants will also co-operate in their participation in the European and national forums such as International Data Spaces Association (IDSA) and other industry-led initiatives for best practices in data governance, management and business model development.

Leads Ilkka Lakaniemi, Director, CKIR, Aalto University School of Business
and Kari Muranen, Senior Ecosystem Lead, DIMECC    


Mobility moves people and is a prerequisite for logistics to move goods. Mobility Data Spaces make the right data available to the right people at the right time. GAIA-X can help to safeguard data sovereignty in the mobility sector and create the necessary framework for the implementation of alternative mobility concepts. These include, for example, intermodal mobility that relies on the combination of different means and modes of transport. Also, it will look into safe data transfer and data sovereignty as the foundation for new business models.   In Finland, Gaia-X Mobility will be formed under the existing Traffic Data Ecosystem, which is an active ecosystem with 120 organizations.

Lead Janne Lautanala, Chief Ecosystem and Technology Officer, Fintraffic
Previous meetings:
Thursday 10 March 2022
Thursday 10 February 2022
Friday 10 December 2021
Thursday 25 November
Friday 5 November  

Skills data 

The European Strategy for Data (19.2.2020) calls for a common EU skills data space. To improve the competitiveness of the EU’s people, the strategy identifies a need for high-quality data for qualifications, learning opportunities, jobs and the skill sets of people. The commission’s funding call for implementing the Skills Data space is expected to open in 2023.
Finland has been active in advocating the human-centric MyData approach in the management of personal data.
The goal of the group is to clarify the position of Finland related to European skills data space developments and unite Finnish organisations that are interested in contributing to the building of a skills data space – a human-centric approach uniting data, work and learning. 

Previous meetings:
Tuesday 27 September 2022

Smart Cities

Creating solutions for smart cities or new urban solutions based on technology adoption has been a driving force in European technology development in recent decades. At the same time, the participants in this development have understood the clear challenges between scalable and customised smart city solutions – one city is hardly a market, yet the unique context and history of each city plays a significant role. The GAIA-X Smart City WG understands this and will aim to create context-sensitive, yet scalable solutions to advance the modernisation of cities with a mix of new technologies and new ways of operating a city – scaling best practices between the cities, regions, firms and citizens.   Finland has a competitive advantage in the smart city development area – for years our cities have been at the cutting edge of new solutions for smarter public services, creating human-centric and technology-agnostic services to tackle socio-economic challenges from early education to waste management. The Smart City WG will work in an integrated way, exchanging ideas and practices with the other GAIA-X WGs and the international GAIA-X network to identify the best solutions and lessons learned for smart city purposes.

Lead Ilkka Lakaniemi, Director, CKIR, Aalto University School of Business


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