BOISE – The Diocesan Information Systems Conference is holding its annual meeting at the Boise Centre May 31-June 3. The theme for DISC 2011 is “Digital Frontiers: Transforming Technology in the Catholic Church.”

DISC has served the Catholic Church for more than 27 years through leadership in information technology in Catholic dioceses, parishes, schools and agencies throughout North America. The organization facilitates the exchange of ideas and information, communicating with church leaders at all levels about the trends, benefits, risks and challenges of technology. It also builds relationships with other organizations that enhance the value of technology to members. DISC members represent 11,165 dioceses, parishes and schools, and more than 90,000 priests and teachers in the U.S. and Canada.

At the June meeting, speakers will talk about specific technology and its uses to enable ministry in the church, reach out to church members and to spread the word of God.

Specific areas to be discussed include social media and social media guidelines, using online Web-based tools for outreach, security, technology trends for 2012 and beyond, online and blended learning, and mobile device integration and security.

May 31 offers a Pre-Conference Day where attendees can learn about cloud computing with presentations by representatives of Google and Microsoft. Some of the areas that will be discussed include: overview of current and upcoming products and services, pros and cons of being in the cloud, cost comparisons, backing up data to the cloud, security, and private vs public clouds.

The main conference opens June 1 when Bishop Michael P. Driscoll welcomes attendees with Mass in St. John Cathedral. Various exhibitors will be available to talk about specific ministry-related products.

For more information about the conference, including how to register, specifics about speakers and where to stay, visit www.discinfo.org.

Participants may register for the entire conference or for a single day. For more information, e-mail diocesan Department of Information Technology Director Bart Hill at bhill@rcdb.org.

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