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OSCAR (Occupational Self-Coding Automatic Recording), our online tool to collect and code life-time job histories, closed in November 2020.

'Historical' information about OSCAR:

Main features included the following options:

  • code jobs both in UK SOC-2000 and ISCO-88
  • link individual OSCAR responses to any existing study dataset (NB: in your e-mail invitation to your study participants, you just need to assign them a unique ID number, and instruct them to input it in OSCAR when they first access it)
  • retrieve both complete and incomplete responses as Excel .csv  files
  • skip to specific questions on lung health or night shifts

Other features:

  • GDPR compliance
  • Smartphone/tablet compatibility

To access OSCAR, you registered your research study using the following weblink, and you will receive an automated e-mail including:

  1. weblink to invite your study participants to access OSCAR
  2. weblink to download your OSCAR responses data and the OSCAR data dictionary

OSCAR was FREE; we just asked you to cite our methodological article in any published work where you have used OSCAR.

If you have any additional queries, please e-mail:

Sara De Matteis MD, MPH, PhD
Imperial College London


  • Images: OSCAR logo; AdobeStock image