In context of European research projects, they invest into development of digital platforms.

Here is a source to give a definition but not really, and every time people refer directly or indirectly to Apple, Google and Facebook.

Somehow, they try to replicate the business model, but not culture.

But, the question is: is there a formal definition of what digital platform is?

  • $\begingroup$ "Digital platform" means whatever the user says it means. It's not a rigorous term but simply means some sort of "support" which is digital in nature. A plank of wood perched atop the numeral 2 is a "digital platform". $\endgroup$
    – Hot Licks
    Sep 20, 2018 at 2:18

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I am not aware of any definition, and believe me, lots of people would like to have one - mostly for regulatory purposes. There are attempts in many countries to regulate digital platforms, but without good definition, you can't create a good legal regulation.

Any definition I have seen so far is a list of features, that is, however, not exhaustive - it would be a good definition if we could say, "it is a platform if it has those 8 features," but then you will find one that doesn't have all of them, and you find something that has all of them, but you won't call it a platform...


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