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About Marcus R Wigan

Marcus Wigan has worked across the boundaries of many disciplines, and continues to do so: an Emeritus Professor of Transport and Information Systems at Edinburgh Napier University, Honorary Professorial Fellow at the University of Wollongong in information technology, and a Visiting Professor in Civil Engineering at Imperial College London, he has become in his dotage(see recent mug shot) a serial degree collector: the most recent few being an IP Law Grad Dip, an International Relations Masters, a Masters in Applied and Professional Ethics- all at the University of Melbourne and research Masters in Musicology from Monash Universtiy.. Originally a Nuclear Physicist at Oxford, he is currently a research student in Musicology at the Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music at Monash University. Current active research interests include the live history collection of working 1979-89 microcomputers and software and their social impact, with concurrent studies in digital humanities and ethics, the build up of the Science Fiction Collection at the Monash Library Rare Book Room, Analyses of research impact and the support of researchers in their work via the new generation of tools such as ResearchGate and Academia as well as analysing the cooperative support that can be extracted from 'traditional' Open Source University Repositories, and research into the interactions (quite inadequate still) of digital hearing aids and music.
Selected papers, presentations, and audio and video presentation and interview recordings will be discussed and introduced here, with links to where the full papers (if not posted here) can be secured or downloaded.
Sometimes old papers will be posted, with comments on why that are placed here.
1 An early one is on locational based services and the implications, for example, written well before LBS exploded into daily use.

2. A paper written well before 3D printing gained its current broad momentum and, surprisingly, yet still has something to offer in terms of the industries still vulnerable to zero length supply chain disruption-including the logistics industry itself.

3. A very early (one of the first in fact performance comparison of early microcomputers, which emphasises the role of floating point processors even at that early date, and will cause mild amusement (if not amazement at what we did with such weak computation power) to all those who started their computing in the 21st century...

4. A set of materials from the first systematic pricing principle for geospatial data in Australia, using Ramsey pricing and MonteCarlo estimation in the mid 1990s

5. The first use of large scale repositories to develop thesaurus entries using inverted search engines, picking out methodological terms (a classic problem in metadata keywords prior to this)

This site will also be used to look at predictions made years ago in published materials - and how the world actually turned out!
I have also used this site to acknowledge the many co-authors and co-workers with whom I published during many very productive and busy years at the Australian Road Research Board by listing both the papers and their names with my thanks.


Present Emeritus Professor, Edinburgh Napier University
Present Principal, Oxford Systematics


2015 Present MA (Musicology), Monash University
20122015 MA (Applied and Professional Ethics), The University of Melbourne
20102012 MA (International Relations), The University of Melbourne
20082010 Grad.Dip. Legal Studies (IP Law), The University of Melbourne
19651998 Grad.Dip Applied Psychology(Organisational), Victoria University of Technology
19931994 MBA, Monash University
19931994 MA (Asian Studies), Monash University
19921994 Undergraduate Major, Swinburne University of Technology ‐ Psychology Department
19641967 DPhil, Attached Staff AERE Harwell, University of Oxford ‐ Hertford College
19601963 BA(Hons) (Physics and Mathematics), University of Oxford ‐ Hertford College

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Big Data (1)

Biography of Scientists and Engineers, (1)

Elderly, (2)

Minor Theses, (2)

Organisation and Governance (2)

Pricing Policy (4)

Transport Futures (3)

digital libraries - repositories (3)

Privacy and Surveillance issues - location based services (2)

Conservation and recovery of recorded music (3)

Additive Manufacturing/3D Printing (1)

Smart Cities (2)