Dictionary v0.9a

June., 2014. Release 17


Since changes to dictionary are minimal in this Release, DCC has made available migration scripts to help you convert your validated Release 16 submission files to Release 17. The scripts will perform the folllowing:

  • Removes columns no longer required
  • Performs the specimen_type mapping between old specimen_type terms and the new specimen_type terms. (Note: Perl script added for Perl users)

Download the script package from here or at GitHub . For more details, please review the README file in the package before executing.

Changes to Specifications Since Version 0.8d (March., 2014)

Revisions to Data Elements: Changes

Specimen Data File (specimen)

Data Element ID Comment
  • Mandatory. No longer accepts -777/-888
  • New specimen_type codelist
  • Please see the specimen mapping table describing how to map the old specimen_type terms to the new specimen_type terms. For TCGA projects, this table also provides mapping between TCGA specimen types and the new specimen_type terms.
specimen_type_other New MVEL script restriction. If specimen_type is either "Normal - other", "Primary tumour - other" or "Recurrent tumour - other", then specimen_type_other field must be filled in

Analyzed Sample Data File (sample)

Data Element ID Comment
analyzed_sample_type Removed
analyzed_sample_type_other Removed

All Data Type Files

Data Element ID Comment
note Removed
  • The regular expression has been modified to allow submitters to submit:
    • Both EGA Study and Dataset IDs, delimited by a colon. Example: EGAS00001000354:EGAD00001000983
    • submit EGA Sample ID, provided the EGA Study and Dataset accession IDs are submitted as well (delimited by a colon). Example: EGAS00001000354:EGAD00001000983:EGAN00001142752
  • Submitting just the EGA Study/Dataset accession IDs for raw_data_accession (as in previous Releases) is still valid.

Copy Number - Metadata file (cnsm_m)

Data Element ID Comment
  • Mandatory. No longer accepts -777/-888
  • New more comprehensive specimen types.
  • In line with PanCancer tumour/normal designations