A whitepaper is a document that helps readers understand an issue, solve a problem, or make a decision.
In blockchain technology
A whitepaper is prepared by a party prior to launching a new cryptocurrency or other blockchain technology.
A whitepaper's details often cover the majority of information that one needs to know about the technology a project aims to introduce. This includes commercial, technological and financial details.
Whitepapers often describe a project in language that can be understood by someone who is not an expert in the space.
Several variations on the colour theme exist:
- The greenpaper is a proposal or consultative document rather than being authoritative or final.
Two others are much less well established:
- A bluepaper sets out technical specifications of a technology or item of equipment.
- A yellowpaper is a document containing research that has not yet been formally accepted or published in an academic journal. It is synonymous to the more widely used term.
- "Blue Paper". Genuine Writing. Retrieved 13 December 2017.