The idea for this book grew over two years with the support of many BBN folks but especially Pete Pflugrath, our Semantic Web visionary; Ted Benson, an all-round awesome dude who motivated us to take on this challenge; Dana Moore, whose ideas and enthusiasm are simply limitless; and Mike Dean, whose boundless knowledge and expertise in all things technological is simply an inspiration to us all.
Strong support went well beyond BBN to include Walt Kitonis, Mike MacKay and Fred Vignovich of Progeny Systems and Gary Sikora for his advocacy of Semantic Web solutions in industry. Also to Tom Dietz, vice president of iJet, a truly rare and special person whose confidence in our abilities never wavered even when ours did.
A special thank-you to Mike Smith for his detailed technical reviews that gave the book its high quality and for keeping us on the leading edge of the rapidly advancing Semantic Web. And thanks to all the folks at Wiley publishing, especially Bob Elliott (our executive editor), whose initial belief in the project made it all possible, and Christopher Rivera (our editor), whose patience and whip kept us in line and writing throughout the entire process.