"ORCID provides a persistent digital identifier (an ORCID iD) that you own and control, and that distinguishes you from every other researcher. You can connect your iD with your professional information — affiliations, grants, publications, peer review, and more. You can use your iD to share your information with other systems, ensuring you get recognition for all your contributions, saving you time and hassle, and reducing the risk of errors." - ORCID.org
If you are undertaking research, you will need to set up persistent digital identifiers that uniquely distinguish you as a researcher and connect you to your research activity. Use ORCID (Open Researcher and Contributor ID) and other researcher identifiers to:
Disambiguation — a researcher's name may be common, may change over time or be presented differently on different platforms. Your ORCID ID will help you track your research activity and distinguish yourself and your body of work, making it easier to get credit for your research.
Connectivity — connecting your ORCID iD to University systems via UQ eSpace will improve your publication workflows and enhance identity management at UQ, making it easier for the University to associate you with your research activity. Connecting your ORCID iD to your other external identifiers will help to automate your research workflows and reduce the amount of time you spend on administrative tasks.
Discoverability — a complete and connected ORCID is a valuable promotional tool, allowing you to accurately showcase the breadth of your scholarly work and establish your contribution to your field.