Devise a policy whereby all Honolulu websites are constructed atop a standard platform
Anyone should be able to build an app that can access any data on any Honolulu web site. The most effective and accurate way to do this is to agree on a set of standards whereby any future website must be built atop a platform whose data/api is available to all. Existing websites would be re-built on a schedule commensurate with their current importance/relevance in the community.
Daniel Leuck commented
As an information point, we've been building the new CCH projects (Can-Do transparency portal http://can-do.honolulu.gov/ and the new permitting system) in Ruby on Rails, running in the cloud. Adding webservices APIs has been discussed for the next version. As you probably know, the current CCH DIT leadership is very forward thinking in this regard.
This idea and one I submitted since overlaps somewhat - credit to Peter for calling it out first. Please vote for this and go to the other and vote there also. We will come up with some great ideas, but if we don't do something to ensure we have access to the data in machine readable form (APIs), then nothing will happen.