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Lorna Jane Mitchell (Redocly): OpenAPI for Documentarians

API The Docs 2023 Developer Success: Looking Beyond Developer Experience Recap

This talk was presented at the API The Docs Amsterdam 2023 conference on 6-7 June. We are glad to present the video recording and the talk summary.

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Lorna Mitchell

VP of Developer Experience at Redocly


Lorna's presentation (video recording)

"Establish and maintain documentation standards to ensure API consistency and usability."


In this demo, you can hear about:

  • The significance of Open API: the importance of Open API as a standard way to describe APIs is emphasized, highlighting its wide adoption and open nature that allows for community input and influence.
  • Understanding the structure: the breakdown of the structure of Open API documents (explaining key elements like versioning, info blocks, security, and tags) provides a clear map for navigating through API documentation.
  • Tooling for documentation: various tools available for working with Open API are discussed, underlining the need to choose the right tool for your team's specific needs and workflow.
  • Standards and governance: it is essential to establish documentation standards within your organization and integrating documentation generation into the development workflow.
  • Acknowledging the value of documentation: documentarians play a pivotal role in enhancing the developer experience.


  • Documentation matters: even in startup environments, robust documentation is crucial for transparency, investor relations, and overall success.
  • Technical writers are essential: dedicated technical writers ensure the quality of documentation, even when working with highly skilled developers.
  • Hiring wisely: consider bringing in experienced technical writers or seeking external expertise when forming a technical writing team.
  • Streamlining with automation: building an internal developer portal using automation tools can streamline and enhance documentation efforts.
  • Establishing reputation: creating tech-related content like blogs can help establish your organization as tech-centric and reputable.

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