Magazine article Computers in Libraries

Platforms and Promises

Magazine article Computers in Libraries

Platforms and Promises

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What does it mean when people talk about wanting to make their company or band a "platform"?

Sometimes it seems to mean they want to become a household verb, such as "googling," printed in lowercase and with no "TM" superscript following it, the brand name having become synonymous with the thing the service does. Sometimes when they say "platform" they seem to be saying they want their brand to be like the "internet" itself, written as a common noun with no need to capitalize the "i," the thing having become an essential utility in our daily lives.

Whatever meaning folks are assigning to the term platform today, the word has always connoted something upon which other things can be built.

Many library systems and an increasing number of digital content collections licensed to libraries are touting their brands as platforms on which libraries can build their own solutions. The new product releases are increasingly coming with apps and APIs for building your own solutions on top of the system's backend. …

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