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ortfo/db has a concept of technologies. This allows you to specify with what tools the work was made. Note that the term is intended to be very broad-reaching: if you are describing a painting, for example, “oil paint” and “canvas” would be considered technologies. If you are describing a website, “HTML” and “CSS” would be considered technologies.

Usage example

Showing technologies used to make a work on
Showing all works made with Photoshop at


You can define all valid technologies for your works in a central place with a technologies.yaml file.

Then, reference the path to that file in your ortfodb.yaml configuration file:

  at: media/

  repository: path/to/technologies.yaml

  repository: path/to/tags.yaml

The file itself is a list of technologies that have various properties.


# yaml-language-server: $schema=

- slug: go
  name: Go
  by: Google
  files: ["*.go"]
  learn more at:
  description: |
    An straightforward low-level open source programming language supported by Google featuring built-in concurrency and a robust standard library

- slug: vue
  name: Vue
  aliases: ["vuejs"]
  files: ["*.vue"]
  autodetect: ["vue in package.json"]
  learn more at:
  description: |
    The progressive JavaScript framework

What's that # yaml-language-server thing?

See Declaring JSON Schemas on files



The slug is a unique identifier for this technology, that's suitable for use in a website's URL. For example, the page that shows all works using a technology with slug "a" could be at


TODO: Documentation


Name of the person or organization that created this technology.


TODO: Documentation

learn more at

URL to a website where more information can be found about this technology.


Other technology slugs that refer to this technology. The slugs mentionned here should not be used in the definition of other technologies.


Files contains a list of gitignore-style patterns. If the work contains any of the patterns specified, we consider that technology to be used in the work.


Autodetect contains an expression of the form 'CONTENT in PATH' where CONTENT is a free-form unquoted string and PATH is a filepath relative to the work folder. If CONTENT is found in PATH, we consider that technology to be used in the work.


In your work's description file, refer to technologies names by their slug, name or any of the aliases:

wip: true
tags: [automation, cli]
made with: [go, vue] 

# ortfo

Enforcing correct technologies Planned

In the future, ortfo/db might enforce that all technologies used in your works are defined in the technologies.yaml file.

This would prevent typos.