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Whitepaper Format.. RRS feed

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  • I had gone through some of the whitepapers uploaded by different people.. As I m new to this topic I got confused on how to prepare a whitepaper..

    I saw some of the whitepapers going into more than 15 pages with index and all where as some were mearely 2 page long like an article on the Internet or newspaper...

    Please state your views regarding what should be the format of the whitepaper and how to prepare a whitepaper.. I mean should it be ones own material or one can prepare a article by collecting data from different sources...

    Tuesday, March 13, 2007 3:30 AM

Answers

  • Hi Mr.Varun.. i think it depends on the topic and content of the article which u wanna submit.. if only 2 pages are  enough, then submit only those 2 pages. anyway the ratings are based on the content and not on the page length. :)

    All the Best

    Tuesday, March 13, 2007 6:16 AM
  • there is no need of format it depends on u
    Tuesday, March 13, 2007 10:16 AM
  • thats right.. u can choose ur own formats
    Tuesday, March 13, 2007 10:24 AM
  • I don know about it but i have seen that at many technical fairs and events they have whitepaper competition and its a huge one.. people are given 10 days to prepare a whitepaper.. technical people and experts rate them..
    I think we are observing samething over here.. if we are going to learn something than lets learn it right.. I have seen some whitepapers and i can say that we can actually see that person's hard work behind it..
    just go through the whitepapers "Phoenix" of Sanket.T.Shah & "Cyber Crime" of Sanathkumar K Nair and then you will understand what i am saying...
    There is a specific format how you present the Whitepapers.. I don know that format so thats y i was asking it..
    Also what i wanted to know is that is the material suppose to be of one's own or can we compile data from varous source... Its like presenting a topic with elaborating various points.. This is how the whitepapers go... If you see the whitepapers of this people you will get what i want to say...
    The reason why i m stressing this point is that once the Whitepaper facility was open, people flooded the place with lots of useless data just for the sake of earning points.. due to this we loose out the good one's....
    So please take care of it and for once forget the competition and try to learn things....


    Tuesday, March 13, 2007 3:38 PM
  • the length and content of whitepaper totally depends on the topic on which it is written.

    it's true that my whitepaper exceeds 10 pages but refer to it's content. it's a pure technical paper. moreover, it's revealing a totally new product and technique, that demands experts review. that's why, its length is somewhat moderate.

    you can also have whitepapers that just pass a comment or view on some existing technology. in that case, the length of whitepaper is generally very short.

    refer to the initial whitepapers. some of them are very short. they are just the views passed by reviewers for a topic.

    Tuesday, March 13, 2007 6:26 PM
  •  Sanket_Shah_734609 wrote:

    the length and content of whitepaper totally depends on the topic on which it is written.

    it's true that my whitepaper exceeds 10 pages but refer to it's content. it's a pure technical paper. moreover, it's revealing a totally new product and technique, that demands experts review. that's why, its length is somewhat moderate.

    you can also have whitepapers that just pass a comment or view on some existing technology. in that case, the length of whitepaper is generally very short.

    refer to the initial whitepapers. some of them are very short. they are just the views passed by reviewers for a topic.

     

    I agree that length do not matter but can the content be copied?? if it is so than we just need to copy stuff frm here or there...

    and also i saw a specific pattern in urs and some other peoples whitepapers like specifications and all.. so thatz what i m asking, is there a format??? even if its not global, atleast we can have a guide line...

    Tuesday, March 13, 2007 6:32 PM
  • you can copy the contents after seeking permission from the original writer.

    some guidelines are definitely there for writing whitepapers.

    for example, for a new product, the whitepaper format looks like :

     

    White Paper Format for a new Project 

    A. Description of Problem, Need or Value

    1. What are the problems, needs and/or values that justify the project?
    2. Who specifically experiences this problem or need and/or supports the value?
    3. What data exists that validates your perception of the problem, need or value?
    4. How will the problem, need or value change through this project?

    B. Overview of the Organization

    1. What is the mission and history the institution?
    2. What impact have its past programs and services had?
    3. What are the institution’s member qualifications to accomplish this project?

    C. Overview of Proposed Project

    1. What is the basic purpose of the project?
    2. Who will benefit from it? Describe the geographic area and population to be served.
    3. How does this project help fulfill the institution’s mission and fit into the framework of its other programs?
    4. How is this project unique? Is it similar to other programs but covers a different area? Does it employ anew approach?
    5. Why does this project deserve prioritization more than others competing for attention?
    6. What is the marketing mix: product, price, promotion, place and position?

    D. Project Activities and Timeline

    1. What exactly must be done in order to achieve the desired outcomes?
    2. When will this project be implemented? Will it occur over a discrete time period or be an ongoing service?
    3. Who will carry out project activities? What are their qualifications?

    E. Outcomes

    1. What immediate and long-range results are expected? Will these results help the institution and others? Change children’s lives, the educational community and the world?
    2. How will the results impact your constituents or community?
    3. How serious are the need and necessity for immediate action?

    F. Evaluation

    1. By what criteria will the success or failure of this project be measured?
    2. What techniques or tools will be used to evaluate?
    3. Who will do the evaluation? When and how often will they do it?
    4. How will evaluation results be used? Who will see evaluations?

    G. Funding

    1. What is the anticipated total budget for this project? Give a complete budget breakdown.
    2. Where will the funding come from?

     

     

    my whitepaper is strongly meant for technical review around product release. it's a totally different aspect to view at.

    if you still any doubts, please ask them here. it would be my pleasure if i can help you out.

    Tuesday, March 13, 2007 6:39 PM
  • i'm just showing you a typical format for a whitepaper related to new product release.

     

    White Paper Format for a new Project 

    A. Description of Problem, Need or Value

    1. What are the problems, needs and/or values that justify the project?
    2. Who specifically experiences this problem or need and/or supports the value?
    3. What data exists that validates your perception of the problem, need or value?
    4. How will the problem, need or value change through this project?

    B. Overview of the Organization

    1. What is the mission and history the institution?
    2. What impact have its past programs and services had?
    3. What are the institution’s member qualifications to accomplish this project?

    C. Overview of Proposed Project

    1. What is the basic purpose of the project?
    2. Who will benefit from it? Describe the geographic area and population to be served.
    3. How does this project help fulfill the institution’s mission and fit into the framework of its other programs?
    4. How is this project unique? Is it similar to other programs but covers a different area? Does it employ anew approach?
    5. Why does this project deserve prioritization more than others competing for attention?
    6. What is the marketing mix: product, price, promotion, place and position?

    D. Project Activities and Timeline

    1. What exactly must be done in order to achieve the desired outcomes?
    2. When will this project be implemented? Will it occur over a discrete time period or be an ongoing service?
    3. Who will carry out project activities? What are their qualifications?

    E. Outcomes

    1. What immediate and long-range results are expected? Will these results help the institution and others? Change children’s lives, the educational community and the world?
    2. How will the results impact your constituents or community?
    3. How serious are the need and necessity for immediate action?

    F. Evaluation

    1. By what criteria will the success or failure of this project be measured?
    2. What techniques or tools will be used to evaluate?
    3. Who will do the evaluation? When and how often will they do it?
    4. How will evaluation results be used? Who will see evaluations?

    G. Funding

    1. What is the anticipated total budget for this project? Give a complete budget breakdown.
    2. Where will the funding come from?
    Tuesday, March 13, 2007 6:41 PM
  • ya varun it depend on your subject of article how much lenght you are using to describe.. no boundation
    Tuesday, March 13, 2007 6:52 PM
  • hey Varun!
    I have submitted a whitepaper on how to write a whitepaper. Its on the last page, do visit to clarify doubts.
    Wednesday, March 14, 2007 7:58 AM

All replies

  • Hi Mr.Varun.. i think it depends on the topic and content of the article which u wanna submit.. if only 2 pages are  enough, then submit only those 2 pages. anyway the ratings are based on the content and not on the page length. :)

    All the Best

    Tuesday, March 13, 2007 6:16 AM
  • there is no need of format it depends on u
    Tuesday, March 13, 2007 10:16 AM
  • thats right.. u can choose ur own formats
    Tuesday, March 13, 2007 10:24 AM
  • hay its just sharing ur idies

    yar

    any format is not necessary

    u can upload any no of pages

    no matter it's a great thing

    Tuesday, March 13, 2007 1:50 PM
  • I don know about it but i have seen that at many technical fairs and events they have whitepaper competition and its a huge one.. people are given 10 days to prepare a whitepaper.. technical people and experts rate them..
    I think we are observing samething over here.. if we are going to learn something than lets learn it right.. I have seen some whitepapers and i can say that we can actually see that person's hard work behind it..
    just go through the whitepapers "Phoenix" of Sanket.T.Shah & "Cyber Crime" of Sanathkumar K Nair and then you will understand what i am saying...
    There is a specific format how you present the Whitepapers.. I don know that format so thats y i was asking it..
    Also what i wanted to know is that is the material suppose to be of one's own or can we compile data from varous source... Its like presenting a topic with elaborating various points.. This is how the whitepapers go... If you see the whitepapers of this people you will get what i want to say...
    The reason why i m stressing this point is that once the Whitepaper facility was open, people flooded the place with lots of useless data just for the sake of earning points.. due to this we loose out the good one's....
    So please take care of it and for once forget the competition and try to learn things....


    Tuesday, March 13, 2007 3:38 PM
  • the length and content of whitepaper totally depends on the topic on which it is written.

    it's true that my whitepaper exceeds 10 pages but refer to it's content. it's a pure technical paper. moreover, it's revealing a totally new product and technique, that demands experts review. that's why, its length is somewhat moderate.

    you can also have whitepapers that just pass a comment or view on some existing technology. in that case, the length of whitepaper is generally very short.

    refer to the initial whitepapers. some of them are very short. they are just the views passed by reviewers for a topic.

    Tuesday, March 13, 2007 6:26 PM
  •  Sanket_Shah_734609 wrote:

    the length and content of whitepaper totally depends on the topic on which it is written.

    it's true that my whitepaper exceeds 10 pages but refer to it's content. it's a pure technical paper. moreover, it's revealing a totally new product and technique, that demands experts review. that's why, its length is somewhat moderate.

    you can also have whitepapers that just pass a comment or view on some existing technology. in that case, the length of whitepaper is generally very short.

    refer to the initial whitepapers. some of them are very short. they are just the views passed by reviewers for a topic.

     

    I agree that length do not matter but can the content be copied?? if it is so than we just need to copy stuff frm here or there...

    and also i saw a specific pattern in urs and some other peoples whitepapers like specifications and all.. so thatz what i m asking, is there a format??? even if its not global, atleast we can have a guide line...

    Tuesday, March 13, 2007 6:32 PM
  • you can copy the contents after seeking permission from the original writer.

    some guidelines are definitely there for writing whitepapers.

    for example, for a new product, the whitepaper format looks like :

     

    White Paper Format for a new Project 

    A. Description of Problem, Need or Value

    1. What are the problems, needs and/or values that justify the project?
    2. Who specifically experiences this problem or need and/or supports the value?
    3. What data exists that validates your perception of the problem, need or value?
    4. How will the problem, need or value change through this project?

    B. Overview of the Organization

    1. What is the mission and history the institution?
    2. What impact have its past programs and services had?
    3. What are the institution’s member qualifications to accomplish this project?

    C. Overview of Proposed Project

    1. What is the basic purpose of the project?
    2. Who will benefit from it? Describe the geographic area and population to be served.
    3. How does this project help fulfill the institution’s mission and fit into the framework of its other programs?
    4. How is this project unique? Is it similar to other programs but covers a different area? Does it employ anew approach?
    5. Why does this project deserve prioritization more than others competing for attention?
    6. What is the marketing mix: product, price, promotion, place and position?

    D. Project Activities and Timeline

    1. What exactly must be done in order to achieve the desired outcomes?
    2. When will this project be implemented? Will it occur over a discrete time period or be an ongoing service?
    3. Who will carry out project activities? What are their qualifications?

    E. Outcomes

    1. What immediate and long-range results are expected? Will these results help the institution and others? Change children’s lives, the educational community and the world?
    2. How will the results impact your constituents or community?
    3. How serious are the need and necessity for immediate action?

    F. Evaluation

    1. By what criteria will the success or failure of this project be measured?
    2. What techniques or tools will be used to evaluate?
    3. Who will do the evaluation? When and how often will they do it?
    4. How will evaluation results be used? Who will see evaluations?

    G. Funding

    1. What is the anticipated total budget for this project? Give a complete budget breakdown.
    2. Where will the funding come from?

     

     

    my whitepaper is strongly meant for technical review around product release. it's a totally different aspect to view at.

    if you still any doubts, please ask them here. it would be my pleasure if i can help you out.

    Tuesday, March 13, 2007 6:39 PM
  • i'm just showing you a typical format for a whitepaper related to new product release.

     

    White Paper Format for a new Project 

    A. Description of Problem, Need or Value

    1. What are the problems, needs and/or values that justify the project?
    2. Who specifically experiences this problem or need and/or supports the value?
    3. What data exists that validates your perception of the problem, need or value?
    4. How will the problem, need or value change through this project?

    B. Overview of the Organization

    1. What is the mission and history the institution?
    2. What impact have its past programs and services had?
    3. What are the institution’s member qualifications to accomplish this project?

    C. Overview of Proposed Project

    1. What is the basic purpose of the project?
    2. Who will benefit from it? Describe the geographic area and population to be served.
    3. How does this project help fulfill the institution’s mission and fit into the framework of its other programs?
    4. How is this project unique? Is it similar to other programs but covers a different area? Does it employ anew approach?
    5. Why does this project deserve prioritization more than others competing for attention?
    6. What is the marketing mix: product, price, promotion, place and position?

    D. Project Activities and Timeline

    1. What exactly must be done in order to achieve the desired outcomes?
    2. When will this project be implemented? Will it occur over a discrete time period or be an ongoing service?
    3. Who will carry out project activities? What are their qualifications?

    E. Outcomes

    1. What immediate and long-range results are expected? Will these results help the institution and others? Change children’s lives, the educational community and the world?
    2. How will the results impact your constituents or community?
    3. How serious are the need and necessity for immediate action?

    F. Evaluation

    1. By what criteria will the success or failure of this project be measured?
    2. What techniques or tools will be used to evaluate?
    3. Who will do the evaluation? When and how often will they do it?
    4. How will evaluation results be used? Who will see evaluations?

    G. Funding

    1. What is the anticipated total budget for this project? Give a complete budget breakdown.
    2. Where will the funding come from?
    Tuesday, March 13, 2007 6:41 PM
  • ya varun it depend on your subject of article how much lenght you are using to describe.. no boundation
    Tuesday, March 13, 2007 6:52 PM
  • agreed with mahendra.
    Tuesday, March 13, 2007 7:24 PM
  • i think site is restricted with size of file uploading but not the format of that white paper
    Wednesday, March 14, 2007 6:40 AM
  • hey Varun!
    I have submitted a whitepaper on how to write a whitepaper. Its on the last page, do visit to clarify doubts.
    Wednesday, March 14, 2007 7:58 AM
  •  Sumit_Dagar_8eba6d wrote:
    hey Varun!
    I have submitted a whitepaper on how to write a whitepaper. Its on the last page, do visit to clarify doubts.

    Thankz buddy....

    Wednesday, March 14, 2007 11:21 AM