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Q:  

I want to create a kml file using zip code data and boundaries. Can you point me in the right direction?

A:  

We are not very familiar with creating kml files or files that can be viewed via geographic browsers. I suggest that you see the GIS consultant on campus.

http://cscar.research.umich.edu/l

I have taken a look at the documentation for creating kml files with Google SketchUp:

http://dl.google.com/sketchup/gsu6/docs/ugsketchupwin.pdf

It looks like you can import shape files. Here is the link for all the shape files the Census Bureau has (zip code is one of the geographies represented):

http://www.census.gov/geo/maps-data/data/tiger.html

If you need help with getting data to go with the zip code shape files (income, education, etc.) let us know. We can help with that step, although I expect the GIS consultant is also quite familiar with downloading geographically-referenced data.

What are you going to create - a 3-dimensional map of incomes?

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