The World Factbook  published by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) offers 267 free country 'n' territories profiles (incl. flags 'n' overview and locator maps) in the public domain (that is, no copyright(s), no rights reserved).
Unfortunately, all the "data" is published as web pages and only some stat series (e.g. area, population, GNP, etc.) can get downloaded as tab-delimited datasets - the FAQ entry reads:
Q: Is The World Factbook country data available in machine-readable format? All I can find is HTML, but I’m looking for simple tabular data. A: The Factbook Web site now features Country Comparison pages for selected Factbook entries. All of the Country Comparison pages can be downloaded as tab-delimited data files that can be opened in other applications such as spreadsheets and database.
Anyway, any projects out there that offer the World Factbook in alternative formats (e.g. structured datasets in JSON etc.) for download? Any insight appreciated.