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Stephen Sobol

Friendsov was created by Stephen Sobol.

Born in Nottingham, Steve is a 1975 graduate of Economics and Government at the University of Essex (started by that visionary VC, Albert Sloman, in 1964). He gained his PhD from the University of Bradford in 1980 and began lecturing (in statistics) at Leeds Polytechnic in the same year. In 1981 he joined the School of Media at Trinity and All Saints College, Leeds and was promoted to Principal Lecturer in 1995. He was the architect of the degree programme in Digital Media at the College and this took its first students in 1998. Steve also set up the BA in New Media at the Institute of Communications Studies, University of Leeds, UK, where he went on to become Director of Learning and Teaching and Deputy Head of the Institute.

Research interests include applications of web-database connectivity; web usage tracking; design of ‘web-systems’. Stephen is familiar with a number of programming languages and is currently using Cold Fusion and Structured Query Language to develop web applications – see DMASC.

Stephen retired from regular academic life in 2013 but still writes code for people here and there. Calendar Central is his latest amusement. 


Datasystems for academic publishing, equipment booking, proposal assessment, online conferencing, content management, workload monitoring, timetabling/scheduling and invoicing among others.

Sobol SC (2008) Facebook as a Collaborative Architecture, Unpublished.


Sobol SC (2007) “University Portals as Gateway or Wall, Narrative, or Database”, In: Tatnall A (eds.) Encyclopedia of Portal Technologies and Applications.

Sobol SC (2006) Personalization in Interactive Systems: The Generation of Compliance?. 8th International Conference on Enterprise Information Systems.

Sobol SC; Stones CM (2005) “Evaluating Usage of Dynamic Web Site Structures through Visualization”, In: Chen SY; Magoulas GD (eds.) Adaptable and Adaptive Hypermedia Systems. IRM Press/Idea Group.300-320

Sobol SC (2005) The Journalist in the Machine: The SeQuel to the Fourth Estate. Massachusetts Institute of Technology: Media in Transition 4 - The Work of Stories.

Sobol SC; Stones CM; Whitworth A (2005) Qualitative Evaluation of E-learning using a Visualisation tool. IADIS International Conference Applied Computing 2005.

Sobol SC; Roux JK (2004) Developing Web-Based Infrastructures For Collaborative Working: The Case For Localised Solutions. IEEE Database and Expert Systems Applications Conference (DEXA, 04).: 242-246.

Stones CM; Sobol SC (2002) DMASC: A Tool for Visualizing User Paths Through a Web Site. IEEE Computer Society. 13: 389-393.

Sobol SC, (1985) Wordprocessing: A purchasing headache. Business in Yorkshire, October 1985.

Sobol SC, (1985) The Small Dealer Can Know Best. Micro Decision, February 1985

Sobol SC, (1981) Local Government, Public Relations, Community Perceptions and Participation. Local Government Studies, September/October 1981

Sobol SC, Howard K, (1980) The Role of Local Government P.R. During an Economic Crisis, Advertising and Marketing, Spring 1980

Sobol SC, (1980) Dipstick Democracy at Work. Municipal Journal, 29.2.80

Sobol SC, (1979) The Costs and Benefits of Local Election P.R. Campaigns. Municipal Journal, 30.3.79


Other Interests

Stephen acts as an external assessor for a number of UK higher education institutions and does review work for Pearson, Wiley, Sage, Routledge, New Media & Society and JMM – The International Journal on Media Management.

Artsprofessional is a database driven web site for an arts magazine and Stephen was a consultant on the project.

Sobol Roux Systems - supply custom-built web data systems and hosting.

Ipso Chi Sigma - provides a platform for a range of consultancy projects many related to Survey6 – Stephen's online tool for the analysis of questionnaire data. – the group communications tool – is his latest project - contact


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