• resource
  • Any component of the environment that can be utilized by an organism.
Abstract from DBPedia
    A resource is a source or supply from which benefit is produced. Typically resources are materials, energy, services, staff, knowledge, or other assets that are transformed to produce benefit and in the process may be consumed or made unavailable. Benefits of resource utilization may include increased wealth, meeting needs or wants, proper functioning of a system, or enhanced well being. From a human perspective a natural resource is anything obtained from the environment to satisfy human needs and wants. From a broader biological or ecological perspective a resource satisfies the needs of a living organism (see biological resource). The concept of resources has been applied in diverse realms, with respect to economics, biology and ecology, computer science, management, and human resources, and is linked to the concepts of competition, sustainability, conservation, and stewardship. In application within human society, commercial or non-commercial factors require resource allocation through resource management. Resources have three main characteristics: utility, limited availability, and potential for depletion or consumption. Resources have been variously categorized as biotic versus abiotic, renewable versus non-renewable, and potential versus actual, along with more elaborate classification.

    資源(しげん、Resource)は、人間の生活や産業等の諸活動の為に利用可能なものをいう。広義には人間が利用可能な領域全てであり、狭義には諸活動に利用される原材料である。 各種天然資源や観光資源のような物的資源と、人的資源とがある。さらに、経済上投入可能な資源として経済的資源という区分もある。 人間の活動に利用可能なものが資源とされるため、何が資源と認識されるかはその時代や社会によって異なり、これまでは単なるゴミなどとされていたものでも技術の発達に伴い資源とされたり、逆にこれまで利用され資源と認識されたものでも、社会の変化と共に資源でなくなったりする。