Term Designators and Element Types

Every dictionary lists the designation type for each definition


The UCF has developed additional definition types specific to auditing and compliance.

By tagging the definition as a record example instead of simply as a noun, we are extending the definition so the term can be recognized as a named entity.

Named entities allow the Mapper to work with our Natural Language Processing engine that performs entity identificationentity chunking and entity extraction routines. By classifying terms as named entities, the named portion restricts the model to those entities for which the designator can stand for the term.

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Term Designators 

Designator  Description Example
Noun A word or phrase (other than a pronoun) used to identify a class of people, places, or things (common noun) or to name a particular one of these (proper noun). information
Verb A word or phrase used to describe an action, state, or occurrence, and forming the main part of the predicate of a sentence, such as hear, become, happen. enable
Adjective A word or phrase naming an attribute, added to or grammatically related to a noun to modify or describe it. active
Adverb A word or phrase that modifies or qualifies an adjective, verb, or other adverb or a word group expressing a relation of place, time, circumstance, manner, cause, degree, etc. (e.g., gently, quite, then, there ). slowly
Abbreviation A shortened form of a word or phrase.  NAACP
Adjective suffix A set of letters added to the end of a word to create an adjective.  -ible
Article A kind of adjective that is always used with and gives information about a noun. The only articles in the English language are: a, an, and the.
  • a
  • an
  • the
Combining form A form of a word normally used in compounds in combination with another element to form a word.  hydro-
Conjunction A part of speech that connects words, sentences, phrases or clauses.
  • and
  • but
  • or
  • for
  • nor
Contraction A shortened version of a word, syllable, or word group, created by omission of internal letters (sounds).  can't
Interjection A word used to express an emotion or sentiment on the part of the speaker.  tut-tut
Noun Suffix  A set of letters added to the end of a word to create a noun.  -ness
Phrase A group of grammatically connected words within a sentence.  by the skin of your teeth
Prefix  A set of letters added to the beginning of a word to create a new word.  under-
Preposition  A word governing, and usually preceding, a noun or pronoun and expressing a relation to another word or element in the clause.
  •  on
  • at
  • to
  • from
  • by

...and more

Pronoun –  A word that can function by itself as a noun phrase and that refers either to the participants in the discourse (e.g., I, you ) or to someone or something mentioned elsewhere in the discourse (e.g., she, it, this).
  • he
  • she
  • they
Verb Suffix A set of letters added to the end of a word to create a verb.  -ise

UCF Element Types

Designator Description Examples
Asset A service or thing owned by an organization or person that falls under the purview of an Authority Document's controls either because of its value or its configuration properties. Information Technology
telecommunication facility
Asset Component A part of or object within an asset. Asset Components can be groupings of objects, such as Configurable Items, within an Asset. e-mail security setting
Authority Document Statutes, regulations, directives, principles, standards, guidelines, best practices, policies, and procedures. 45 CFR Part 160 - General Administrative Requirements
Configurable Item A part of an asset specifically called out during the audit process. minimum password length
Configuration Setting A modifiable element within a Configurable Item that can affect performance and system function. Enabled
Data Contents A field within a record. visitor's address
account number
Group A division within an organization or a formation of individuals outside an organization. temporary employee
A generic unnamed organization. information sharing organization
Limiting Term  A word or phrase, typically a conjunction or preposition, that connects an event or action to a point in time.
The UCF leverages Limiting Terms in combination with Triggering Events to indicate an event occurrence organizations should be monitoring, aka a Monitored Event.
  • in response to
  • if
  • upon
  • when
  • during
  • while
  • simultaneous to
  • before
  • after
  • at the same time
  • prior to
  • in case of
  • inside
Organization A named organized body of people with a particular purpose, especially a business, society, association, etc. For generic, unnamed, organizations see Group designator. Microsoft
Defense Information Systems Agency
Organizational Function The high level administrative departments of an organization. Audit function
Human Resources
Organizational Task An individual process or task an organization performs. update software
background check
Record Category A class, grouping, or set of records. Internal Operational Audit - Information Technology
Facility Security Records
Record Example An individual record within a Record Category. visitor log
identification badge
Role A word or phrase that represents the function an individual, process, organization, etc. is supposed to achieve. data janitor
internal audit manager
Title A name that describes someone's position or job. Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff
Contracting Officer
Triggering Event A unique activity within a given process or state that causes an event or situation to happen. list is updated
service is installed