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Revista Cubana de Higiene y Epidemiología

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GUTIERREZ SOTO, Tania; SERRA LARIN, Silvia; HINOJOSA ALVAREZ, María del Carmen  and  LUIS GONZALVEZ, Isabel Pilar. Importance of building a heritage document collection in health institutions. Rev Cubana Hig Epidemiol [online]. 2014, vol.52, n.3, pp.418-427. ISSN 1561-3003.

The paper deals with the heritage nature of an institution's scientific documentation, which is different from a country's cultural heritage or mankind's documentary heritage. This fact, however, does not diminish the need to preserve and publicize such scientific memory. Approximation to the subject and the need to broaden knowledge about it resulted in the review and analysis herein presented, aimed at highlighting the importance of building collections to safeguard the institutional scientific heritage. Description and analysis are provided of concepts central to the theoretical body supporting the proposal of the notion of institutional documentary heritage and the importance of building a collection comprising the institution's document heritage. Development of a digital collection comprising the heritage production at the National Institute of Hygiene, Epidemiology and Microbiology, is a need to improve availability, access, dissemination and preservation of the information and knowledge produced throughout the years at this outstanding Cuban scientific institution.

Keywords : heritage scientific documentation; digital collections; file documents.

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