Created on Feb 24th, 2020

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#Introduction Central to history is the world of work in the past, as known by occupational activities. Yet comparative research in this field is severely hampered by confusion regarding occupational terminology across time and space, within as well as between languages. To overcome this, we create an occupational information system that is both internationaland historical, and simultaneously links to existing classifications used for present-day conditions. The information system uses a historical international classification of occupations (HISCO) to combine various kinds of information on their tasks and duties in historical settings, as well as images on the history of work. Moreover it provides information on rankings of occupations (HISCAM) and we aim for other resources in the future. Not just occupational scales and measures, but also depictions and occupational descriptions available through images and texts.

For questions please contact richard.zijdeman AT iisg.nl.



A visualisation of the HISCO tree.

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Occupations of Diamond Workers (@NL)

This query retrieves occupations related to diamond workers. For more examples and some thoughts on why to use queries instead of lists, also see the data story on women's occupations.

Created 3 years ago, 1 version

Women's occupations in Dutch

This query is a stab at retrieving the female form of occupational strings. In dutch, occupational titles have been gendered for awhile. This is one way to retrieve information on what type of occupations women were incumbents of.

Created 3 years ago, 7 versions

Get occupation in specific language

This query shows how, in a given language, to find a string (word) that is part of an occupational title. The query shows two filters. The first is for language. You can change "nl" into any other language tags, such as "se" for Swedish. By altering the regex command you can determine whether the string should be exact match or match from the beginning of the word, or other matching variant.

Created 3 years ago, 6 versions

Get HISCO occupational group description for occupation

In the query below we use so called API variables. They are convenient you can simply enter a value for language or occupational string. And by definition allow for automated queries over API.

Created 3 years ago, 4 versions