Resources (or assets) are things that agents can create, use, consume, exchange, share, cite... They are inputs and outputs to processes. Their flows through processes are recorded as economic events (using the REA language), and are traced by NRP-CAS.
See Resource Type page for an in-dept characterization of resources.
All resources are under some property regime. See more on property.
Governance of resources
Rules that govern access to resources for their consumption or use. They are related to property regime and the rights associated with them. These rules also dependent on the resource type. See more on Physical resource governance. See also Sensorica's governance document
Resources in the NRP-CAS
Resources are the primary building blocks of the NRP-CAS, which is based on the REA ontology (resources, events, agents). They are grouped into Resource Types within the NRP-CAS. Furthermore, resources are listed in an inventory in the NRP-CAS. See the Inventory page for more.
The idea in NRP-CAS is to decouple resources from venture or project and treat them as composable, independent building blocks across the network. The economic argument is to reduce costs to innovation and production by recycling and reusing resources, reducing idle time of resources (latent or unused capacity) and to increase potential by providing a large number of permutations for assembling resources into creative and productive activity.
In Sensorica we also talk about accent possible, proposed by Helene Finidori, which means a new thing that can be made by adding just a bit of work / effort on top of what already exists. In other words, using a combination of existing resources one can figure out a new use / function, thus increasing innovation potential.
This idea of decoupling Resources from organizational context can be take further with p2p infrastructures, making resources exist as independent building blocks on a global network. This is related to identity, individual profile and transaction. See work on Vallueflows and h-REA.
- On resource flows - Tibi
- What is the connection and difference between a Resource Type and a Resource?
- From material scarcity to artificial abundance – The case of FabLabs and 3D printing technologies; Primavera De Filippi, Peter Troxler
- How to think about Resources and Resource Types from the UDML perspective - see Ampie's doc
- Describing Resources and Systems by Greg Cassel]