Author identifiers, such as ORCIDs, give you a way to reliably and unambiguously connect your names(s) with your work throughout your career, including your papers, data, biographical information, etc. This can be helpful in a number of ways:
MIT is integrating ORCIDs into MIT systems and working to associate these researcher identifiers with current scholars at MIT.
A phased approach:
As the year progresses, the Office of the Provost will provide progress updates, and will begin to notify individual departments and faculty about their ORCID, and about opportunities to opt out.
For more information see this article in the Faculty Newsletter.