Saw that you hosted a successful meetup in Berlin re Wikidata (http://www.meetup.com/The-Berlin-Semantic-Web-Meetup-Group/events/56299712/). Why not do something similar in NYC shortly before Wikimania this summer? A lot of Wikimania attendees will be in NYC too. (http://wikimania2012.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimania_Takes_Manhattan) and maybe you can convince Denny, et.al. to make a pitstop in NYC.
BTW, we'll have a discussion re Wikidata at SMWCon (http://smwcon.projecthalo.com/index.php/Main_Page) and I'll also have a short presentation on what Ontodia is trying to do with NYC Open Data and "NYCpedia" (think of it as wikidata in the small for NYC, using the city's open data catalog).
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