- Associated Press - Thursday, March 19, 2015

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - Computer programmers, journalists and activists will delve into troves of immigration data during a weekend conference in Tucson.

The Arizona Migrahack is similar to hack-a-thons in which participants mine large amounts of raw data to find trends or links.

In Tucson, that data will be related specifically to immigration as about 100 people who have signed up work to find impacts of immigration and immigration legislation.

“I hope we just have a better understanding of what immigration means and how it affects people’s daily lives thorough the stories and projects that are going to come out of the event,” organizer Celeste Bustamante said.

Bustamante, an associate professor at the University of Arizona journalism school, participated in the program in Mexico about a year ago and wanted to bring it to Arizona.

She and program founder Claudia Núñez have spent the past several months putting the event together.

The weekend includes training on data mining and visualization. Participants will then form groups and work on projects that tackle topics such as how certain laws affect immigrants.

For example, a team at a prior event produced a visual project on migrants whose belongings go missing when they are caught by immigration authorities.

The event will be held Friday through Sunday at the University of Arizona.

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