Yes, I realize the science these days is super collaborative and needs expensive tools, models and techniques to be cool.
Strategically as a lab, you need to have a bread and butter data stream that you produce in house. Data that you generate, interpret, understand and publish without the input of any other lab groups. Data that is, in and of itself, capable of generating publications that meet at least the lower bound expectations of your department, subfield and whomever else is evaluating you.
This may not be the same thing over the long haul, either. Interests change. But the thing that never changes is that nobody is going to find your publication goals, demands or needs as critical as you do. And in this game, not publishing is simply not an option.
So figure out your data stream and protect it.