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 has associated ORCID identifiers with current scholars at MIT, including faculty, graduate students, postdocs, research staff, and instructional staff.
ORCID at MIT takes a coordinated approach:
For more information about the past rollout see this article in the Faculty Newsletter.