Term: resource Class:  
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Created 18 July 2013
Last modified 18 July 2013
Contributed by Chris Patton


Definition: Anything that one would want to describe with metadata. The fundamental object described by metadata.
Examples: Digital file, document, image, video, data table

This definition is metadata-centric, while a resource (which is 1990's web-speak for "thing") is much more general than that. Submitted 14 April 2016
by John
There are a few words being used interchangeably, and I think it would be a good idea to control the vocabulary in order to reign in the semantics of our dictionary. Resource is used by a few terms, whereas Thing is used in others where they have the same semantic meaning. Don't be shy about down voting! Submitted 14 April 2016
by Chris
resource has many other contextual meanings aside from this entry especially outside of information science related discussion. alternate meaning include resource as a raw material feedstock use in economic discussions, different naturally occurring minerals, crops, or other features in a geographical context, and as a limited quantity available to be used and allocated in a computing system such as CPU, memory, disk ,... ---- just to mention a few alternate meaning for resource. Submitted 14 April 2016
by John
Hi John. I'm Chris, the developer of this site. I'm ready to hand this term over to the metaata experts. Propose an alternate term/definition and I'll delete this one. I hope you're enjoying the site! Submitted 14 April 2016
by Chris
Its not clear in the UI or instructions (none yet...) how one is supposed to propose alternate definitions.... Submitted 14 April 2016
by Stephen
Resource: a thing that has an assigned identifier. Resources are typed according to what their identity and unity properties are. The resource type should also define distinctions between versions and new (derived) instances. Submitted 14 April 2016
by Stephen