<XML><RECORDS><RECORD><REFERENCE_TYPE>3</REFERENCE_TYPE><REFNUM>7260</REFNUM><AUTHORS><AUTHOR>Galani,M.</AUTHOR><AUTHOR>Chalmers,M.</AUTHOR></AUTHORS><YEAR>2003</YEAR><TITLE>Close at hand but far away: Shared mixed reality museum experiences for local and remote museum companions</TITLE><PLACE_PUBLISHED>Proc. International Cultural Heritage Informatics Meeting (ICHIM)</PLACE_PUBLISHED><PUBLISHER>Archives and Museum Informatics</PUBLISHER><ISBN>1-885363-28-2</ISBN><LABEL>Galani:2003:7260</LABEL><KEYWORDS><KEYWORD>museums</KEYWORD></KEYWORDS<ABSTRACT>This paper discusses the use of a shared mixed reality system that supports co-visiting of museum exhibitions for both on-site and on-line visitors. We briefly present the prototype system that uses wireless communication technologies to combine handheld devices, virtual environments and hypermedia to support a museum visit. We then discuss its use, focusing on the ways that the system shaped the visiting experience with regard to collaboration in the exploration of artefacts, mutual exchange of suggestions and creative conversations among the visitors. We conclude with implications for both the design of mixed reality experiences for museums and the character of the museum. </ABSTRACT></RECORD></RECORDS></XML>