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OpenAPI Welcomes New Member Osaango

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The OpenAPI Initiative, the consortium of forward-looking industry experts focused on creating, evolving, and promoting the OpenAPI Specification (OAS), a vendor-neutral, open description format for RESTful APIs, is announcing today that Osaango has joined as a new member.

Why did Osaango join the OpenAPI Initiative?

Marjukka Niinioja is the founding partner at Osaango, with over 10 years of experience with APIs. She and her team also organize apidays Helsinki and APIOps community. She explains: “We see OpenAPI specification as being both the problem and the solution. For many people, the design of API using the specification is just a technical task with the least effort put into it. For many more, the specification just doesn’t exist on their radar.” 

“Of course, there are also issues like tooling support that stop people from using it. Yet, we feel that the biggest issue is lack of knowledge, especially about the productization of APIs as well as API management. Both are interlinked and both benefit from using the specification,” she adds.

 “Skilled people + Good method = Great APIs”

Osaango has promoted open standards from its beginning. Marjukka Niinioja is the “mother” of APIOps Cycles method.  The method is the only openly licensed, Lean, and business-oriented method for developing APIs, and the full lifecycle. The method both promotes and depends on using API specifications to design, prototype, and document the API as part of the lifecycle. It promotes “APIOps,” the automated and transparent culture of building APIs. At its core APIops is like DevOps. The APIOps Cycles method extends APIOps. It includes also elements from product management, business design, and developer experience.

The method has been adopted in organizations around the world, from Finland to Argentina. As one user from Argentina put it: “We’re starting to build an API product, and discovering APIOps Cycles was fantastic because it helped us translate Lean Startup’s ideas into our world!” 

Together with partners and active community members, Osaango drives the open APIOps community with meetups and other activities to promote best practices. Osaango’s vision is to help make the API economy as known as a business model as the Software-as-a-Service, SaaS. But great APIs and great API Economy doesn’t happen by accident. For Osaango, API stands for “All People are Important,” not only application programming interface. API economy needs skilled people from all parts of the organization to collaborate. They need to understand the business benefits of having APIs. Not just any APIs but good, well-made standardized – truly Open APIs. This in turn requires design and development methods, and standards intended for APIs. This is how great APIs are built! 

Osaango is committed as an OpenAPI Initiative member to help lower the barriers of using the OpenAPI specification. Some of the first tasks for Osaango to take part in has been to:

  • Tackle the usability and accessibility of the OpenAPI documentation created by the initiative
  • Collect questions from the community about the various API specifications to be answered and documented to promote awareness and learning.

Learn more about the openly licensed method for API Development: https://www.apiopscycles.com

OpenAPI Resources

To learn more about how to participate in the evolution of the OpenAPI Specification: https://www.openapis.org/participate/how-to-contribute

About the OpenAPI Initiative

The OpenAPI Initiative (OAI) was created by a consortium of forward-looking industry experts who recognize the immense value of standardizing on how APIs are described. As an open governance structure under the Linux Foundation, the OAI is focused on creating, evolving and promoting a vendor neutral description format. The OpenAPI Specification was originally based on the Swagger Specification, donated by SmartBear Software. To get involved with the OpenAPI Initiative, please visit https://www.openapis.org

About Linux Foundation 

Founded in 2000, the Linux Foundation is supported by more than 1,000 members and is the world’s leading home for collaboration on open source software, open standards, open data, and open hardware. Linux Foundation projects like Linux, Kubernetes, Node.js and more are considered critical to the development of the world’s most important infrastructure. Its development methodology leverages established best practices and addresses the needs of contributors, users and solution providers to create sustainable models for open collaboration. For more information, please visit us at linuxfoundation.org.

OpenAPI Welcomes New Member APImetrics!

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Welcome!

APImetrics provides an enterprise focused API monitoring solution that interfaces with REST and SOAP API protocols. Monitoring is supported by analytics and customizable downtime alerts and provides data to enterprises to meet service level agreements (SLAs) and customer expectations. 

“The economy has increasingly become a digital economy and the digital economy has been increasingly becoming an API economy over the past decade,” said said Dr. Paul Cray, Head of Machine Learning and Standards at APImetrics. “The COVID-19 crisis has only accelerated that trend. Global quality standards that are meaningful, quantifiable and measurable are essential to maximizing the value that API creators and users provide across many industries. That’s why the OpenAPI Initiative and APImetrics are such a perfect fit, and I am looking forward to working with OAI on these standards.”

APImetrics is particularly interested in working with OAI around standards that can help with the definition and measurement of Service Level Objectives as well as issues around certification, compliance, conformance and continuous testing and monitoring of APIs.

“APImetrics is a welcome addition to the OpenAPI Initiative,” said Marsh Gardiner, Product Manager, Google Cloud, and Technical Steering Committee member, OpenAPI Initiative. “When the industry works together to address common API description challenges, such as describing SLOs and SLAs, everybody wins.” 

OpenAPI Resources

To learn more about how to participate in the evolution of the OpenAPI Specification: https://www.openapis.org/participate/how-to-contribute

Join us for ASC 2020

Register now for the 2020 API Specifications Conference, Sept 9-10

About the OpenAPI Initiative

The OpenAPI Initiative (OAI) was created by a consortium of forward-looking industry experts who recognize the immense value of standardizing on how APIs are described. As an open governance structure under the Linux Foundation, the OAI is focused on creating, evolving and promoting a vendor neutral description format. The OpenAPI Specification was originally based on the Swagger Specification, donated by SmartBear Software. To get involved with the OpenAPI Initiative, please visit https://www.openapis.org

About Linux Foundation 

Founded in 2000, the Linux Foundation is supported by more than 1,000 members and is the world’s leading home for collaboration on open source software, open standards, open data, and open hardware. Linux Foundation projects like Linux, Kubernetes, Node.js and more are considered critical to the development of the world’s most important infrastructure. Its development methodology leverages established best practices and addresses the needs of contributors, users and solution providers to create sustainable models for open collaboration. For more information, please visit us at linuxfoundation.org.

Postman Joins the OAI to Support the OpenAPI Specification

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This blog post was contributed by Kin Lane, Chief Evangelist, Postman

When Postman launched its API builder last year, we were amazed to see how popular OpenAPI was with our users, when it came to designing and developing APIs. Our usage stats helped us realize just how important the OpenAPI Specification is to how our customers design and build their APIs. Today Postman is joining the OpenAPI Initiative in order to work with the 35 other OAI members to steer the specification forward. Together we will hope to continue to support open source tooling that builds on the specification and to grow a stronger OpenAPI community so as to ensure the future of this important industry standard. 

Historically, Postman collections were how API providers defined their APIs on the platform. With the introduction of the API builder, more API providers began using OpenAPI as the central definition of each API being developed. Over the years, Postman collections have evolved to allow developers to test, mock, document, and automate parts of the API lifecycle. Along with this evolution, each collection can be generated from an OpenAPI, pushing us to deliver a growing number of specific capabilities that help our customers leverage OpenAPI as the API contract for use across their API operations:

  • Import – You can import an OpenAPI document into the Postman and maintain it as the central contract for each individual API, which is used to validate and notify developers when documentation, collections, or tests are out of sync with the OpenAPI contract.
  • Generate – You can generate Postman collections from your OpenAPI definition, establishing derivatives of your API contracts for use in documenting, mocking, and testing your APIs in an ongoing fashion across regions.
  • Validate – Every collection generated from an OpenAPI specification can be validated across the OpenAPI contract, helping keep documentation, mock servers, and testing infrastructure in alignment across operations.
  • GitHub sync – When you are managing your OpenAPI document in Postman using the API Builder, you can sync it to GitHub, allowing it to be used in other systems, allowing changes to occur in Postman or via other tools.

OpenAPI has become part of the API factory floor for Postman customers. Beyond what a spec describes, Postman makes it easier to work with APIs by allowing you to store tokens or keys for multiple profiles or lifecycle stages and to augment with specific values for running tests or for monitoring. The OpenAPI Specification provides a way to define what is possible with HTTP APIs, with Postman collections emerging as a way to define, execute, and automate each stop along that APIs lifecycle. A stronger relationship between OpenAPI and Postman has helped our customers, and we’re thrilled to be joining the conversation about what the OpenAPI roadmap might be, and to help realize the full benefits of using OpenAPI across the API lifecycle.

Announcing the New OpenAPI Initiative Special Interest Group for Travel

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Join OpenTravel and the OpenAPI Initiative Travel Workgroup on July 22, 2020, as we bring the focus to the European traveller. Click here to get the Zoom invite. To get all the latest updates and announcements, please click here and sign up for regular updates!

The travel industry relies on APIs. Connecting business among diverse industries like travel, tourism and hospitality, and representing an incredible array of companies that need to efficiently communicate and relay electronic information includes airlines, car rental firms, hotels, tour operators, travel agencies, technology companies and many more. 

With this in mind, the OpenAPI Initiative is creating a Travel Special Interest Group (SIG) to support the adoption of APIs and facilitate the digital transformation throughout the travel industry. 

The OpenAPI TravelSIG mission is to “enable and nurture the growth of API adoption, development and developers throughout the travel vertical through promotion of the OpenAPI Initiative.” It will meet as needed to discuss common challenges and solutions with the travel space as well as provide a single, unified voice in coordinating with the OAI’s technical steering committee as well as form on an ad hoc basis by request from the TSC, TOB or the BGB as requested by any of those bodies.

The Travel SIG will designate a point of contact to communicate with the governing board and other bodies within OpenAPI as needed.

Participation in the Travel SIG will be open to any member of the OAI. Participation from non-members – we like to say “soon-to-be members!” –  will be allowed on a case-by-case basis to provide relevant subject matter expertise and help serve as an outreach opportunity to bring on new members and adopters for OpenAPI Initiative.

Please join the Travel SIG! Click here to get the Zoom invite for the next meeting on July 22, 2020, and here and sign up for regular updates!

OpenAPI Welcomes the OpenTravel Alliance as New Member

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OpenAPI welcomes the OpenTravel Alliance as its newest member!

OpenTravel is a not-for-profit trade association that develops data messaging structures in order to facilitate communication between the many facets of the travel industry. It is the travel industry’s only open-source, interoperability data standard. Using OpenTravel messaging, travelers can search, book, pay and check-in/out in a completely contactless environment.

“We see solid strategic alignment between the mission of OpenTravel Alliance and that of the OpenAPI Initiative,” said Jeff ErnstFriedman, Executive Director at OpenTravel Alliance. “We share a goal of promoting open standards in the API economy and OAI is the nexus for all aspects of generating an API marketplace. We are looking forward to bringing the voice of the travel industry to the 2020 API Specifications Conference being held Sept 9 – 10.”

Tens of thousands of OpenTravel messaging structures are currently in use. The open source standard encompass air, rail, cruise, golf, tour packages, ground transportation, hotel and car rentals. The organization got its start using an XML messaging system, but has since made OpenTravel Messaging available in JSON, WSDL and OpenAPI Spec. 

To help the travel industry adapt to COVID-19, OpenTravel has rolled out a new COVID protocol messaging system. In the upcoming release OpenTravel messaging will include capabilities that allow travel companies to take advantage of the pent-up demand and increase revenue.

“Our technology allows for interoperability between suppliers that will increase revenue opportunities and decrease technology costs,” ErnstFriedman said. “The interoperability component of OpenTravel Messaging will allow for a seamless traveler experience that will reduce physical touchpoints and expedite the movement of travelers throughout their journey.” 

“OpenTravel Alliance is an exciting addition to the OpenAPI Initiative,” said Marsh Gardiner, Product Manager, Google Cloud, and Technical Steering Committee member, OpenAPI Initiative. “Standardizing how APIs are described to streamline development makes good sense for many different industries, and travel in particular can benefit.” 

OpenAPI Resources

To learn more about how to participate in the evolution of the OpenAPI Specification: https://www.openapis.org/participate/how-to-contribute

About the OpenAPI Initiative

The OpenAPI Initiative (OAI) was created by a consortium of forward-looking industry experts who recognize the immense value of standardizing on how APIs are described. As an open governance structure under the Linux Foundation, the OAI is focused on creating, evolving and promoting a vendor neutral description format. The OpenAPI Specification was originally based on the Swagger Specification, donated by SmartBear Software. To get involved with the OpenAPI Initiative, please visit https://www.openapis.org

About Linux Foundation 

Founded in 2000, the Linux Foundation is supported by more than 1,000 members and is the world’s leading home for collaboration on open source software, open standards, open data, and open hardware. Linux Foundation projects like Linux, Kubernetes, Node.js and more are considered critical to the development of the world’s most important infrastructure. Its development methodology leverages established best practices and addresses the needs of contributors, users and solution providers to create sustainable models for open collaboration. For more information, please visit us at linuxfoundation.org.

The API Specifications Conference (ASC 2020) – Hold the dates: Sept 9th-10th

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Mark your calendar for the return of this year’s API Specifications Conference (ASC)! This year we will be holding an all-digital event on September 9th and 10th, 9 am – 2 pm Pacific time. Join from the comfort of your own home—no hotels, no airfare, no line for the restroom.  

ASC 2020 includes keynotes, sessions, and breakouts on specifications and standards behind the cutting edge technologies that chart the future of APIs. Look forward to in-depth, forward looking and tutorial sessions on API specifications and standards including OpenAPI Specification, gRPC, AsyncAPI, GraphQL, RAML, API Blueprint, OData, JSON Schema, and others. In-depth discussions will not only enable attendees to get familiar with these specifications and standards, but actually use them in practice.

Registration and the Call for Talks are both open as of now: 

* Register at: http://www.cvent.com/d/pnqcfc/4W?ct=50221cf5-5496-4c34-9ec0-3b52b1bf1204

* Submit your talk at: https://sessionize.com/api-specifications-conference-2020/

* Submissions deadline: July 2

* ASC 2020 conference: Sept 9th-10th

Please mark these dates in your calendar and sharpen your pencils to submit a talk proposal. We’re looking forward to your proposals and participation that will make ASC 2020 a great event again this year.  If your company is interested in sponsoring the event please reach out to ascsponsorships@linuxfoundation.org for our sponsorship prospectus.

OpenAPI Initiative Welcomes Bloomberg as Newest Member

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OpenAPI Initiative continues fast pace of membership growth; Bloomberg joins 38 current members that include Atlassian, eBay, Google, Microsoft, Red Hat, SmartBear, and many more

SAN FRANCISCO – April 14, 2020 – The OpenAPI Initiative, the consortium of forward-looking industry experts focused on creating, evolving and promoting the OpenAPI Specification (OAS), a vendor-neutral, open description format for RESTful APIs, is announcing today that Bloomberg has joined as a new member.

As a global leader in business and financial information, data, news and analytics, Bloomberg believes that standardizing Web APIs throughout the financial industry will provide consistency and value across the global capital markets ecosystem. Bloomberg sees the advantages of implementing the OpenAPI Specification to improve time to market, shorten development lifecycles, and reduce implementation costs.

“Bloomberg is excited to join the OpenAPI Initiative, where we’ll have the opportunity to help shape the OpenAPI Specification and its role in the global financial industry,” said Richard Norton, Head, Data License Engineering Group at Bloomberg. “As our enterprise customers are increasingly looking to access our data feeds to power their in-house analytics and trading applications, we are confident that the OpenAPI Specification will enable them to seamlessly manage their Bloomberg data. Plus, the entire industry will benefit from our involvement in the standard’s governance process as we’ll be able to take their learnings and contribute back to future iterations of the de facto standard for describing Web APIs.”

“We are excited to welcome Bloomberg to the OpenAPI Initiative. Major corporations are taking advantage of the OpenAPI Spec for a simple reason: developer productivity. Instead of producing SDKs, organizations can produce OpenAPI specs, and then generate their SDKs in any language they’d like to use, immediately benefitting their customers,” said Marsh Gardiner, Product Manager, Google, and Technical Steering Committee, OpenAPI Initiative. “We see firsthand business and technical productivity wins when organizations use the OpenAPI Spec. Bloomberg has embraced open source, and the benefits for their enterprise customers managing Bloomberg data is immense.”

Hundreds of software engineers across Bloomberg’s global engineering workforce have provided code, documentation, tests, or other improvements to open source projects. In areas relevant to Bloomberg’s infrastructure needs, Bloomberg engineers have become project leaders and committers. To find out more about Bloomberg’s open source activities: https://www.TechAtBloomberg.com

OpenAPI Resources

To learn more about participate in the evolution of the OpenAPI Specification: https://www.openapis.org/participate/how-to-contribute

●   Become a Member

●   OpenAPI Specification Twitter

●   OpenAPI Specification GitHub – Get started immediately!

●   Share your OpenAPI Spec v3 Implementations

About the OpenAPI Initiative

The OpenAPI Initiative (OAI) was created by a consortium of forward-looking industry experts who recognize the immense value of standardizing on how APIs are described. As an open governance structure under the Linux Foundation, the OAI is focused on creating, evolving and promoting a vendor neutral description format. The OpenAPI Specification was originally based on the Swagger Specification, donated by SmartBear Software. To get involved with the OpenAPI Initiative, please visit https://www.openapis.org

About Linux Foundation

Founded in 2000, the Linux Foundation is supported by more than 1,000 members and is the world’s leading home for collaboration on open source software, open standards, open data, and open hardware. Linux Foundation projects like Linux, Kubernetes, Node.js and more are considered critical to the development of the world’s most important infrastructure. Its development methodology leverages established best practices and addresses the needs of contributors, users and solution providers to create sustainable models for open collaboration. For more information, please visit us at linuxfoundation.org.

Interzoid Joins the OpenAPI Initiative to Help Build Frictionless Data Future

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OpenAPI welcomes Interzoid as a new OpenAPI member!

“We are excited to be a part of accelerating the adoption of a standard that we believe will play a central role in the upward march of the API Economy. The fast and easy movement of valuable data around the Web, combined with our data asset improvement API offerings, is greatly enhanced by leveraging the OpenAPI Specification,” said Robert Brauer, Interzoid, CEO. “As someone who has been working with APIs for nearly two decades, I think the OpenAPI Specification is one of the more attractive and useful innovations yet.”

Interzoid was founded in 2019 and has built their software stack on open source technology, including Linux, Angular, the Go programming language, and PostgreSQL. Interzoid provides 20+ APIs that provide services like generated similarity keys to match disparate data sets using their City Match API, Full Name Match API, Company Match API, and more. Interzoid is looking to build future open source projects that support the company strategy of frictionless data.

“We are excited to welcome Interzoid as a new member of the OpenAPI Initiative,” said Marsh Gardiner, Product Manager, Google Cloud, and Technical Steering Committee member, OpenAPI Initiative. “Interzoid has used the OpenAPI 3.0 Specification format to formally describe all of their APIs. The specification is a great way to help developers quickly evaluate and understand the details of the services they’re providing.”

List of Interzoid APIs Available: https://www.interzoid.com/services

OpenAPI Resources

To learn more about participate in the evolution of the OpenAPI Specification: https://www.openapis.org/participate/how-to-contribute

About the OpenAPI Initiative

The OpenAPI Initiative (OAI) was created by a consortium of forward-looking industry experts who recognize the immense value of standardizing on how APIs are described. As an open governance structure under the Linux Foundation, the OAI is focused on creating, evolving and promoting a vendor neutral description format. The OpenAPI Specification was originally based on the Swagger Specification, donated by SmartBear Software. To get involved with the OpenAPI Initiative, please visit https://www.openapis.org

About Linux Foundation 

Founded in 2000, the Linux Foundation is supported by more than 1,000 members and is the world’s leading home for collaboration on open source software, open standards, open data, and open hardware. Linux Foundation projects like Linux, Kubernetes, Node.js and more are considered critical to the development of the world’s most important infrastructure. Its development methodology leverages established best practices and addresses the needs of contributors, users and solution providers to create sustainable models for open collaboration. For more information, please visit us at linuxfoundation.org.

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The Blue Button API Will Be At APIStrat In Nashville Next Week

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APIs are pushing forward the conversation in almost every business sector today, but one of the more important areas we are seeing across the landscape is coming out of the federal government with the Blue Button API out of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). We’d like to invite you to Nashville next week to learn more about the API efforts coming out of CMS, and how they are making an impact on healthcare in this country with APIs.

We are please to have Mark Scrimshire (@ekivemark) of NewWave Telecoms and Technologies, who is the Blue Button Innovator and Developer Evangelist for the CMS program. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Blue Button API enables Medicare beneficiaries to connect their Medicare claims data to the applications, services, and research programs they trust through a suite of services, enabling:

– a developer to register a beneficiary-facing application
– a beneficiary to grant an application access to four years of their Part A, B, and D claims data

Providing API access to a platform that has the potential to reach 44 million beneficiaries, or 15 percent of the U.S. population who are enrolled in the Medicare program. Representing a pretty significant shift in how we think about the delivery of healthcare in this country. One of the most significant aspects of the Blue Button API when it comes to the wider API conversation, is their adoption of the HL7 FHIR standard in conjunction with OAuth 2.0 to provide access to the platform, setting the stage for a conversation around arguably the most important API definition available across the API sector today.

Join us Tuesday, September 25, at 10:00 AM, for a keynote from Mark Scrimshire about the Blue Button API, sharing the story of some of the successes and challenges with standing up the API platform. Mr. Scrimshire is just one of the can’t miss talks going on in Nashville next week. There are still tickets left, so make sure you get yours today, and do not miss out on the API conversation that is going on at APIStrat this year.

A Shout Out to the APIStrat Steering and Program Committees

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We are getting ready to close the APIStrat call for papers next week and we wanted to take a moment to give a shout out to the amazing lineup we’ve assembled as part of the steering committee, who are helping guide the event. As well as the folks on the program committee who will be helping review the talks submitted as part of the CFP process, and ultimately craft the program. These are the people who will help set the tone for the conversation that occurs at APIStrat in Nashville, and we are very pleased to have them helping out.

Here are the members of the APIStrat steering committee, playing different leadership roles in the conference, making sure everything gets done by September:

Steering Committee

Next up, we nineteen folks on the program committee who you will have to WOW with your talk submissions so that you can get on stage at APIStrat in Nashville:

Program Committee

Thank you so much to everyone involved. It takes a lot of work to pull together an event like this. Everyone involved is participating because they believe in the event, as well as the health of the wider API community. Once again, we feel like we have assembled a pretty amazing lineup of folks to help make sure APIStrat adequately represents the community, coming from a diverse range of companies delivering APIs and services to the sector.

While the primary roles for the event are filled, there are still plenty of opportunities to get involved. First, make sure you have submitted your talk–you only have one week left to get it in. Second, there are sponsorship opportunities available, and we need the financial support of the API community to be able to make the event happen again. Feel free to reach out, and we’ll see what we can do to get you involved, and part of the goings on in Nashville this year. Thanks again to our steering and program committee members, and we’ll see you all in September.