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While I get the point, wikipedia works because people with weird hobbies can get away with just text if they want to.

getting data into the right shape for gnu|alpha or wolfram|alpha|community is probably not as trivial

Check out the dbpedia graph, they're doing much of this already. For example, for structured info about San Francisco: http://dbpedia.org/page/San_Francisco

Here are their datasets: http://wiki.dbpedia.org/Datasets

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