Creating a Specification in the Data Cookbook


How do I create a specification in the cookbook if there isn't a report already available?

I need a new Cognos report.


  • Data Cookbook


Need a report that is not already available


Note:  Prior to creating a new specification in the cookbook, be sure to search to see if a current specification already exists.   


Creating a Cognos Report Specification

  1. Follow Logging into USD Data Cookbook
  2. Hover mouse on Specifications tab
  3. Select Create a Specification
    Note:  At any time during this process you can select  or the Need Help menu in the corner
  4. Enter a unique specification name
  5. Select Cognos Report from drop down menu
  6. Enter functional area
    Note:  A report can belong to multiple functional areas.  A report that contains student data will always belong to the Registrar under Academic Affairs.  A report that contains financial data will always belong to Finance
  7. Enter the purpose of the report
    1. Provide a statement describing why the reporting is needed
  8. Enter a description of the report
    1. What data is in the report
    2. Who will use the report
  9. Update the Access Details 
    1. {Report Name Link} is available to those individuals that have approved permission.  If you are unable to run the report you will need to submit a request for report access.  You can go to here to make your request:  Cognos Access Request
  10. Optional-Enter additional details about the report
  11. Optional-Enter a due date desired for the report
  12. Click Submit to send to a report writer

    For additional information please contact the Service Desk with the following information: 
    1. Contact information
    2. Report details


  1. Follow Writing a Report in Cognos 
Request Access Print Article


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Cognos is a business intelligence and performance management software suite. The software is designed to enable business users to extract data, analyze it and assemble reports.