Transparency, open science, reproducibility, trust in science are the topics important for conservation biologists which are dependent on open data. Finding innovative science has a lot to do with open data that are only possible by combining data from different sources. Data users and data publishers need to gain value from those data, this is possible in traditional models of data sharing i.e. by forming research consortia. Academic data monopolism and governmental limitation to data openness, while often justified, may hold science back and do not conform to the highest standards of verification that modern science demands. We will present and discuss other ways to gain value from the sharing of data and the ways to satisfy the data requirements for sharing sensitive data openly.