Activity Insight

Activity Insight is the tool that CALS (along with several other colleges at Cornell) uses to track faculty scholarly activity and accomplishments, and provide content for various websites. The data from Activity Insight are shared with Scholars@Cornell and applications that feed your public-facing profile on Cornell sites. Accurate and thorough entry of this information is critical. This data is also used to measure departmental productivity.

Activity Insight is open all year, except for a brief period in the Spring when it is closed for reporting purposes. It is generally advisable to enter items into Activity Insight soon after their completion. Activity Insight may be accessed at

Activity Insight captures mostly publication and presentation activities.  In 2018, CALS has reviewed the data previously being captured and has decided to eliminate some of the types of data; for example, Media Contributions.  The goal was to streamline the data entry process and capture only what is critical for reporting purposes.  If you have questions about Activity Insight please feel free to contact your College Administrator, Dianna Burger (, 607-254-5400).

2017 Reporting Timeline

  • 12/15/2017 – Deadline for faculty to submit publications to be pre-populated by the CALS Activity Insight data entry team.
  • 12/18/2017 - Data Entry Template disseminated.
  • 01/26/2018 - Deadline to return Data Entry Templates.
  • 01/29/2018 - Communication and Getting Started Document sent to Chairs and Administration Managers for faculty and assistants.
  • 01/30/2018 – Completion of project to eliminate certain screens and fields in Activity Insight.
  • 01/31/2018 - Faculty and assistants able to enter data into Activity Insight.
  • 03/09/2018 – Deadline to complete all data entry and date user access will be disabled.
  • 03/23/2018 – Activity Insight reopens for data entry. 2017 reporting completed.
  • 03/30/2018 - Deadline to have obtained an ORCID and have it connected to Cornell University.

Request for ORCIDs

CALS has requested that all faculty, academics, and possibly staff members to obtain an ORCID (Open Researcher and Contributor ID) number.  Please see the link to the ORCID instructions within the "Useful Activity Insight Documents" menu on this page.

ORCID is a nonproprietary alphanumeric code to uniquely identify scientific and other academic authors and contributors.  This addresses the problem that names alone are not unique, can be changed, have cultural differences in name order, etc.  The ORCID organization offers an open and independent registry intended to be the accepted standard for contributor identification in research and academic publishing.  ORCID has been growing on popularity since 2012.

Cornell will use ORCIDs and other unique research and publishing identifiers to help understand what journals faculty are publishing in so the Library can obtain subscriptions that are relevant to publishing activities within the University.  CALS and other colleges will be able to mine scholarly publications and be able to automatically report information that are specific to works that are authored by people within the University.