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OEH Seminar: SOCcer: Automatic coding of free-text job descriptions to standardized occupation codes
Friday, January 13, 2017 12:30 pm to 01:30 pm
Venue: 480 University Ave. Suite 300, Toronto ON, M5G1V2 - Boardroom 350
Environmental and Occupational Health
City: Toronto
Type: Seminar
Format: In Person; Webinar

​Note: This is an open invitation, and may be forwarded to interested parties.

Occupation information has been collected from individuals for a variety of purposes, including epidemiologic studies. This information is typically asked using open-ended questions. However, using this data requires mapping the free-text responses to standardized occupation classification (SOC) codes, which is usually done manually by expert coders. Dr. Friesen will describe the development and validation of a computer algorithm to code free-text job descriptions to SOC codes. Coded job descriptions can be used by researchers to identify disease and injury patterns by occupation group or as the starting point for exposure assessment strategies, such as the use of job-exposure matrices.

DISCLAIMER: The opinions expressed by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies or views of Public Health Ontario, nor does the mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by Public Health Ontario. ​

Presenter: Dr. Melissa Friesen

Dr. Friesen is a tenure-track investigator in the Occupational and Environmental Epidemiology Branch of the U.S. National Cancer Institute. She received a Ph.D. (2006) and M.Sc. (2001) in occupational and environmental health from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. She completed postdoctoral studies at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia (2007/08), and at the University of California at Berkeley(2008/09), before joining NCI in 2009. Dr. Friesen's research has focused on quantitative assessment strategies to minimize exposure misclassification in occupational epidemiologic studies. See also:

The Occupational and Environmental Health Seminar Series is a self-approved group learning activity (Section 1) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification program of The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. The series is also approved by Council of Professional Experience for professional development hours (PDHs) for members of the Canadian Institute of Public Health Inspectors (CIPHI), and by the Canadian Registration Board of Occupational Hygienists (CRBOH) for Registration Maintenance (RM) points. For more information, please contact Elaina MacIntyre (

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