This Meme Needs a Name

All of a sudden (though probably not–I’m just catching on) there’s a rash of services that crunch plain text or data keys and return parsed, formatted, drilled-down usable data. For example…

Tripit will digest all your travel confirmations and produce a rich itinerary.

Google SMS will take a zip code, flight number, etc., from your cell phone, and return a rich data node.

Opencalais is a platform for doing stuff like this.

So what do we call it?