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# Recommended reading - White Papers

edited February 2 in General

By way of testing my input (pace John), I opened a category on recommended reading called "white papers" and populated it with one item. We could put there links to the canonical and occasionally controversial papers. I'll add a few more later. Change the title / format as needed.

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edited October 2010

Thanks!

What does "white papers" mean? This could be British that hasn't percolated down to the big ex-colony.

I'm massaging the format of this entry so it matches the rest.

It would be great if you could add a short summary of "The Hartwell Paper", as other people have done with their recommended reading. It doesn't need to be detailed: just some quick remark about why we should read it! Imagine you were describing it to me in a pub...

... or, just tell me here what's the gist of this paper, and I'll polish that and write it up.

Comment Source:Thanks! What does "white papers" mean? This could be British that hasn't percolated down to the big ex-colony. I'm massaging the format of this entry so it matches the rest. It would be great if you could add a short summary of "The Hartwell Paper", as other people have done with their recommended reading. It doesn't need to be detailed: just some quick remark about why we should read it! Imagine you were describing it to me in a pub... ... or, just tell me here what's the gist of this paper, and I'll polish that and write it up.
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edited October 2010

What does "white papers" mean? This could be British that hasn't percolated down to the big ex-colony.

See white paper. In the softare industry white books/papers mostly describe technical features of a product and how those could be used to solve some common problems, for marketing purposes (but targeted at technical experts). IBM, for example, has published a bunch of papers called "white paper" (I'd conclude that it is not a Britsh term). IBM also has red books, for example, which are hands-on instructions for actually installing and using their products.

Comment Source:<blockquote> <p> What does "white papers" mean? This could be British that hasn't percolated down to the big ex-colony. </p> </blockquote> See <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/White_paper">white paper</a>. In the softare industry white books/papers mostly describe technical features of a product and how those could be used to solve some common problems, for marketing purposes (but targeted at technical experts). IBM, for example, has published a bunch of papers called "white paper" (I'd conclude that it is not a Britsh term). IBM also has <a href="http://www.redbooks.ibm.com/">red books</a>, for example, which are hands-on instructions for actually installing and using their products. (No surreptitious advertising intended.)
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Arising from British government traditions you have

Looks like white paper has broadened to any "vague description of adopted policy" document, not necessarily governmental.

Comment Source:Arising from British government traditions you have [Green paper](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Green_paper) [White paper](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/White_paper) Looks like white paper has broadened to any "vague description of adopted policy" document, not necessarily governmental.
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edited October 2010

Thanks for clarifying "white paper", folks. What about "black stock"?

Comment Source:Thanks for clarifying "white paper", folks. What about "black stock"? <img src = "http://math.ucr.edu/home/baez/emoticons/rolleyes.gif" alt = ""/>