HISCAM: Estimating social interaction and stratification scales for the 19th and 20th century

HISCAM.org contains links for a project called 'HISCAM', which stands for 'historical CAMSIS'. We are concerned with using historical data resources obtained from marriage registers, family histories and census datasets, in order to analyse inter-generational patterns of occupational social associations, to derive CAMSIS scales for historical occupatonal records, using the HISCO occupational coding scheme.

The HISCAM project is an undertaking to estimate a series of alternative CAMSIS scales for HISCO coded occupational data. We use data from 7 countries covering the period 1800-1938: the Netherlands; Britain; Germany; France; Sweden; Canada; Belgium (we have also tried some estimations using data from the USA, but have not yet been able to achieve satisfactory results). We use the same scale estimation techniques as for the contemporary versions of the CAMSIS project. The main intention is to generate occupation-based stratification measures suitable to these countries and time periods. This can be done in a few different ways, which include evaluations of the differences between occupational locations from different countries and time periods.

HISCAM.org is primarily used to distribute selected data files associated with the project. Other outputs associated with our work are also distributed via the HISCO project webpages.