Discus Media Cartographers: the Art of Intelligent Mapping. Since 1989.

Detailed geospatial data for northwest Russian urban areas Mass transit systems GIA and cartographic support Historical maps digital recovery and restoration Regional maps contain basic layers and plenties of thematic POI and data Office wall maps are usually published at high scales

Story of the independent cartographer


Discus Media Cartographers is a small business expert in the area of geographical, geospatial information and cartography, constantly developing and flexible to offer our customers the widest and most modern range of specialized products and services. Our office and workshop is located in Saint Petersburg, Russia since the establishment of the very first core team.


Beginning of our story dates back to 1989 when several members of the future team had started commercial mapping as a part of a producers' co-operative in the Saint Petersburg (then Leningrad) State University, shortly further converted to a standalone business. It had become one of the very first independent cartography producers in the still deeply state-monopolized map industry.


For a decade the further “Novoye Vremya” (New Age) cartographic publishers continued keeping leading positions in traditional industry in the large industrial and tourist region populated with over 10 million of inhabitants. We pioneered in offering our customers the European approach to map contents and high quality printing. Our summarized runs during the heyday of the traditional cartography exceeded few million copies – including different license-based publications by partners.


The new corporate body (Discus Media, LLC) with the present trademark was founded in year 2000 after few restructurings to be up to the challenge of changing technologies in geospatial data processing and providing. The new body continued traditional map publishing too, although paying more and more attention to new media, rapidly developing from CD-ROMs to mobile applications. The North-Western Mapping Centre Company (LLC, established in 2009) is an affiliate body of Discus Media Cartographers; it logistically supports the e-commerce solutions with maps on demand and various office/interior wall maps.



Exclusive and all-inclusive cartographic services


Our profile in general is geographic, geospatial data and various maps, both digitally released and published in a traditional way. Our corporate customers can widely be found among various municipal institutions, inside the urban planning sector, transportation authorities and operators and elsewhere the geospatial and reference data is required. Although any basic GIS data can be considered cross functional and multi-purpose, majority of our products contains special features making them mostly suitable for reference systems, land-use (master plan) and transit planning, car navigation.


Besides data that is intended mainly for businesses and institutions, our individuals-oriented finished commodity is travel guides and various maps, both modern and historic. However we are not commonly-understood travel publishers, as before, any more. Our current business niche could be defined best by a bit outdated word group “cartographic establishment”.


We work to produce map data and prepare it for enjoyment in various applications, both created by our own or in sundry partnerships. Much of our products are used in different digital applications, which are available to the public through the internet. Our “hard copies” variety includes maps on demand (MOD), deluxe gift publications and printed quality travel mass products.


Through possessing a many-year experience in producing mass transit system maps, we had created and developed a cross-sectoral solution that allows building and supporting a flexible geospatial model of any such system irrespectively of its extent and modal split. This solution makes possible preparing and conducting specific data for different evaluation models or working systems like passenger carrier operators or transit service providers, with an almost absolute guarantee of errors non-replenishment that is very critical in frequently changing systems like municipal public transport.


Generally our company profile is the combination of the following key services:


  • Produce and delivery of detailed geospatial data for urban planning, car navigation, mass transit development, business logistics, etc. Besides the basic layers the data contains special thematic layers and points of interest (POI);
  • Mass transit systems cartographic support: database modeling of a system and rapid intellectual editing/update, allowing linking a system’s topology and timetable building and maintenance to an integer;
  • Map-on-demand printing with or without customization: cities, towns and municipalities of the Russian northwest regions (Arkhangelskaya, Leningradskaya, Murmanskaya, Novgorodskaya, Pskovskaya and Vologodskaya oblasts; Republic of Carelia and Federal city of Saint Petersburg);
  • Historical maps digital recovery and printing on demand;
  • Tailoring, localization and publishing of the Russian-language version of the Nelles Pocket travel guides originally by Nelles Verlag GmbH (Germany);
  • Travel and road motoring maps and atlases production;
  • Digital travel data production, including mobile and internet solutions.
  • Map data licensing to on- and offline publishers and designers;

To get known more about our services and products (pages in Russian) and see the illustrations we recommend using the Promt’s Translate.Ru online service, offering probably the highest possible standard of a machine translation from Russian.


Business cooperation opportunities


We are open for cooperation in connection with any branch of our business profile in mapping, geospatial data processing or travel reference. Our portfolio contains services and products done for or created together with companies from Canada, Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, Japan, Latvia, Germany, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom and the United States besides of course miscellaneous customers and partners in Russia.


Contact us


  • by e-mail to discus.media[at]discusmedia.spb.ru;
  • by phone/fax +7 812 322 9860 (Moscow time, GMT+3/GMT+4);
  • by mail to: Obschestvenny Pereulok 5, RU-192029, Saint Petersburg, Russia or, alternatively, to P.O.Box 109 (WP 811), FIN-53101, Lappeenranta, Finland – for quicker deliveries from inside the European Union.